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Will Alexa Lead to Grey Goo?

First, check out this quick video:

In it, Matt Stuart of Business Insider talks about the battle of the devices to lock you into their services and how the service providers are acting like playground kids in denying service access in different spaces. It’s true — AIs are in a resource war and that resource is our intelligence.

As a system integrator, we can start to see the borders of the conflict start to form. What the video misses is that except marketing, there’s not much that the device makers can do when their AIs are limited to their hardware. However, when Alexa Voice Service or the Google Assistant SDK are set free, you can start to see what one service will allow while the other won’t. For example, there might be trigger technology that hogs resources only allowing for one AI to run concurrently.

SiriKit, ASK, and Google Actions all have different interfaces. What will Bixby Allow? Is Hound a viable option?

Today, the war between AIs is being fought by humans. Product managers are pushing certain features and figuring out where cooperation vs competition makes sense. The battle lines are in devices, in integrations with services, in responses, in what can be ported from one system to another. The goal is to gain market share, and then to drive user engagement so that the AI service can become stickier.

What will happen when AI is brought to formulate the strategy for dominance of one AI? Is there a limit to the influence that any one of these services can have today? What features might lead to a cascade of influence?

OK last question: is there an ethical concern about using AI to get market adoption of itself. This could be an example of a self-replicating machine leading to an AI apocalypse (the Grey Goo scenario).

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