Google Duplex

Google Duplex concerns

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On the Google blog explaining how Google Duplex works, this line jumps out at me.

... To obtain its high precision, we trained Duplex’s RNN on a corpus of anonymized phone conversation data ...

A number of concerns arise from this statement:

  • How did Google acquire phone data?
  • Anonymised or not, the data must still be real conversations, with real people talking to each other or it would be useless to them.
  • In order to continue training the code to pretend to be human in other circumstances Google will need to acquire ever more phone conversation data. This feels quite a contentious issue, especially around consent.

Personally, I would always want to know when I am talking to a machine and when it is a human.

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http://ethanmarcotte.com/ Ethan Marcotte

Oh, good catch—I’d missed that. Now I’m curious, too. (Maybe it’s old Google Voice data? idk idk)

http://fqure.github.io Faisal Qureshi

Good point. Not sure why twiiter flagged your tweet as possibly offense