Artificial intelligence does strange and wonderful things. It can get聽you to inbox zero, help you find your new fave tunes and even make dinner reservations 鈥 without you having to ask. It really is like living in a McMansion with a butler, minus the fat stacks of cash and the British guy in a tux聽(although you can still have the charming accent). And AI is being worked on every day, which means we keep getting cooler and cooler stuff. Seems great, right? But (there鈥檚 always a but), sometimes AI can be too smart for its own good 鈥 or does that mean it鈥檚 not smart enough? Point is, you really shouldn鈥檛聽just take the backseat and let AI drive.

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AI learns from you.聽This means that all those times you hit 鈥渓ike鈥 or commented on an article you saw on Facebook, you were teaching the AI what your preferences and interests are. And yes, that means politics. As we rely more and more on our butlers (Siri, Alexa, etc.), they will learn about our political beliefs and be able聽to influence聽our views, much like a friend could. If you use Facebook, the social media giant聽gathers data on what聽you and your friends do, the information you give, which devices you own, etc. and uses it to make聽deductions about your political leanings. Pretty creepy. While it may seem good that if you鈥檙e a Democrat your butler will give you Democrat-leaning stuff, the reality is your butler is rapidly becoming a very biased source of info.

You aren鈥檛 your butler鈥檚 true master.聽Amazon Echo and Google聽Home each cost less than $200, and that鈥檚 a one-time fee. That means that as the AI learns and grows and聽offers additional services, it鈥檒l have to get its 鈥減aycheck鈥 from advertisers. Yuck. Since the advertisers are signing the check, your butler will probably聽recommend services and products that are in the advertisers鈥櫬爄nterests, not聽your own. But it鈥檒l do it in a sneaky way, so you might even think you came up with the idea to buy that thing you totally don鈥檛 need. Whoa. This just got way too聽Inception for us.

Do you trust your own digital butler? Or do you ignore it altogether? Discuss @BritandCo!

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