Google’s Assistant tricks humans; top White House cybersecurity job in danger

FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, file photo, Google Home, right, sits on display near a Pixel phone following a product event, in San Francisco. Voice assistants such as Google Home, Apple’s Siri and Amazon Alexa have always been susceptible to accidental hijack. Burger King’s manipulation of Google Home illustrates the vulnerabilities intrinsic to voice assistants that can be targeted by brands, or worse, hackers. But the stunt might help speed up the next developments for home voice assistants: individual voice recognition and even image recognition. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Google’s Assistant is turning heads in tech circles for its astonishing demo at the company’s developer conference, in which it successfully scheduled a salon appointement via phone under the guise of being human.

Casual “mhmms,” pauses that mimicked the natural rhythm of speech and quick thinking allowed the robot’s true identity to go undetected (video included below).

The alarming display of the rapid acceleration of artificial intelligence inevitably left people concerned on where the upgraded technology could lead us.

It looks like National Security Advisor John Bolton isn’t part of that equation though. According to Politico, he is pushing to eliminate the top cybersecurity position in the White House, not quite a precautionary measure, and pure insanity, according to host Ethan Bearman.

Bearman invited our in-house tech expert, Jason Middleton, onto the show to weigh in on Bolton’s approach and bring you additional details on Google’s Assistant. Listen to their full conversation below!

 

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