The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans

"It isn't just our interactions with other humans that could be affected. “I worry a lot about how we’re building this world that’s supposed to be for convenience, comfort, and speed, but in fact makes us feel like someone is always listening, whether they are or not,” says Ryan Calo, a professor of law at the University of Washington who has studied the impacts of anthropomorphic robots on society. He notes there's a whole field of research into “persuasive computing,” which shows humans react to being around anthropomorphic robots the same way they react to being around other humans."