We wanted an A.I. revolution, instead we got dinner reservations

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One of the coolest machine learning stories in recent memory involved the Google Duplex, a voice A.I. capable of calling a restaurant and making your dinner reservation while pretending to be human:

Simulating a personal assistant is cool, but it would be cooler to simulate a highly trained physician and potentially save lives. And given the massive hype surrounding artificial intelligence, I think it is fair to be ambitious.

“We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.”

— Peter Thiel

It was with this in mind that I took a break from my standard routine of “absolutely never leaving the hospital” to play around


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