Tech Tent: Should You Trust Smart Machines ?

Alexa and Google Home



By Rory Cellan-Jones in BBC News.

Should you be asking a voice-activated speaker intimate questions about your health? And is it important that the scientists behind AI systems actually understand how they work?

These are two questions we seek to answer in this week’s Tech Tent podcast.

“What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?”

If you are a UK user putting that question to Amazon’s voice-controlled speakers, the answer will probably now come from the NHS, thanks to a new partnership between the tech giant and the UK’s National Health Service.

In effect, what is happening is a simple web search that prioritises useful and accurate information.

That may not sound controversial but immediately many people did raise concerns about the NHS working with a tech giant such as Amazon.


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