Radio Motherboard - Episode 55 - Two Tales Of AI by MOTHERBOARD published on 2016-03-11T14:35:35Z Sometimes, it can be hard to know how to act around artificial intelligence. In the first half of Radio Motherboard this week, staff writer Jason Koebler explores how people treat Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana when no one’s listening. (A small spoiler: Apparently, people like to harass it. One new challenge in AI programming is learning how to gently smack down haters.) In the second half, editorial fellow Louise Matsakis looks at a group that runs a “rationality” workshop that teaches humans that in some cases, it makes more sense to think more like computers. Show notes: :35 We’re celebrating In Our Image, Motherboard’s week of stories about artificial intelligence. It starts Monday, March 14, 2016. 1:00 FallenMyst hopes on the line. Her post on Reddit, almost exactly one year ago: Everything you've ever said to Siri/Cortana has been recorded...and I get to listen to it. And Motherboard’s story about it at the time: Strangers on the Internet Are Listening to People's Phone Voice Commands 2:55 “People feel very comfortable talking freely to Cortana.” Deborah Harrison’s full talk at Re-Work Virtual Assistant Summit. 5:15 Don Howard is a philosophy professor and the former director of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. 7:45: Lydia Kaye of the Campaign Against Sex Robots. 11:25 Howard says while sometimes robots that seem human can inspire people to treat them badly, other times they inspire what some people might call excessive empathy. For example, soldiers in Iraq get very attached to IED sniffing robots, and one woman reportedly was so grateful to her Roomba that she would give it days off and do the vacuuming herself. 12:00 Introducing Motherboard editorial fellow Louise Matsakis! Last summer, Louise got a strange email asking her to fill out a survey about how rationally her best friend Melissa behaves. 12:30 CFAR’s website is at the impressive URL http://rationality.org. 14:14 The workshop used a lot of computer technology. “On the first day, during the first session, one of the first things we had to do was create a bugs list.” 15:40 Julia Galef, one of the cofounders of CFAR, compares the way humans think to the way a spam filter thinks. 19:55 Our brain’s inability to think rationally about abstract or long term issues is at the heart of some of the biggest problems in the world, Galef says, so the need for some kind of training becomes increasingly important. 22:30 That’s our show! Please subscribe and rate us on iTunes.