Siri and Alexa Say #MeToo to Sexual Harassment
The number of prominent celebrities and politicians being taken down for sexual harassment really seems to represent a major change in how society views sexual harassment. No longer whispered or swept under the rug, harassment is being called-out and harassers are being held accountable for their words and actions.
So, if AI will soon be collaborators, partners, and team mates, shouldn't they also be given the same treatment? This story in VentureBeat talks about a campaign by Randy Painter to consider how voice assistants behave when harassed:
I've never harassed Siri so I wasn't aware of the responses she gives when one attempts to harass her:
In our interview last week with Dr. Julie Carpenter, she addressed this somewhat:
This is fascinating because there is existing and ongoing research examining how humans respond and behave with AI/autonomy that exhibits different levels of politeness. For example, autonomy that is rude, impatient, and intrusive were considered less trustworthy by human operators. If humans expect autonomy to have a certain etiquette, isn't it fair to expect at least basic decency from humans towards autonomy?
Citation: Parasuraman R., & Miller C. (2004). Trust and etiquette in high-criticality automated systems. Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, 47(4), 51–55.