“Alexa, you’re ugly. Alexa, you’re stupid. Alexa, you’re fat.”
This barrage of abuse came from my friend’s children, who were shouting at his Amazon device, trying to prompt a witty comeback from the AI assistant. What was just a game to the kids looked a lot like the worst kind of playground bullying, and as my friend unplugged the device, he scolded, “We don’t talk to people like that.”
But unfortunately, we do talk like that, especially to AI assistants and chatbots that are unable to establish the boundaries that humans do.