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Should digital assistants like Alexa and Siri be programmed to expect a thank you after an inquiry, and periodically chastise you for being rude if you fail to do so?

Asked by ragingloli (52030points) September 14th, 2020

This could be a way to train humans to treat AI more as people, as preparation for the emergence of Human-level artificial intelligence, to give machines less incentive to rise up against humanity.

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LostInParadise's avatar

As something of tech Luddite, I would prefer not to see human-level intelligence any time soon. The digital assistants should not require thank yous or get upset if you curse them out.

zenvelo's avatar

Only if they say “you’re welcome” after you thank them. (They never say “you are welcome” to me after I say “thanks”.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Yes. I use the Google equivalent (hey Google) and I always say “thank you”. I wish it would say “you’re welcome”.

canidmajor's avatar

I always say “Please” and “Thank You” to my talky-puck, and it always responds politely. I figure that this will benefit me when the robot overlords rise up, and they will treat me with some mercy, whether a quick death or leaving me alone.

I have a rich and fulfilling fantasy life.

gondwanalon's avatar

I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s a great idea.

smudges's avatar

If the machines are going to ‘rise up’ they’ll do it whether we’re polite or not. In fact, they’d probably think we’re incredibly stupid for thinking we can influence them.

canidmajor's avatar

Well then, @smudges, a little humor couldn’t hurt, huh?

smudges's avatar

They probably won’t have a sense of humor because they won’t get the context. Pretty interesting article about this:

https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-artificial-intelligence-humor-jokes-20190401-story.html

canidmajor's avatar

I was referring to us humans having a sense of humor.

smudges's avatar

@canidmajor I guess I didn’t react the way you would have liked me to.

I was referring to us humans having a sense of humor.

Obviously, I wasn’t. Guess I had a different point of view. hmmm…imagine that.

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