When Things Talk to Us: Voice Assistants, Computers as Authors and Social Bots

Christoph Droesser

“We need more detergent,” I told my husband. “I can help you with that,” my phone offered, unasked. I wasn’t aware it was eavesdropping. For the first time in history, humans can interact verbally with non-human entities, says Christoph Droesser. Are these genuine conversations? Droesser explores this question in When Things Talk to Us: Voice Assistants, Computers as Authors and Social Bots. For now, this book is available only in German.

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Oct. 14, 2020

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