Quotes of the week: "Alexa isn't a perfect replacement for your friend Alexis"

“Alexa isn't a perfect replacement for your friend Alexis. But the virtual assistant can affect your social needs.”

James Mourey of DePaul University in a blog post accompanying a study into the effects of humanising robots and digital assistants


“I'm a little bit sad, it's a bit of a regret because I think I played pretty well.”

World number one Go player Ke Jie after being beaten by Google’s Alpha Go AI


“When our parents graduated, a sense of purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in a lot of communities has been declining. A lot people are feeling disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void in their lives. To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose. So, what are we waiting for? It's time for our generation-defining great works.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking at his Harvard graduation ceremony


“We’ve got enough critical mass to be in the one of two top players in the market.”

BBM CEO Matthew Talbot on how he hopes to make BlackBerry Messenger – now owned by Indonesian-based company Creative Media Works - compete with WhatsApp and WeChat in Africa and the Middle East


“I do not forgive or forget.”

Julian Assange commenting after Swedish authorities dropped their investigation against him


“The hacker has been very cooperative with us. His/her key request was that we run a healthy bug bounty program for security researchers. We are introducing a bug bounty program on Hackerone very soon. With that assurance, the hacker has in turn agreed to destroy all copies of the stolen data and take the data off the dark web marketplace.”

Zomato chief technologist Gunja Patidar explaining a hacker’s demands after they put stolen Zomato data online


“In addition to a set of steadfast liberal principals, Mark shares (perhaps more legitimately) many of the qualities of Donald Trump that resonated with everyday Americans – a wealthy, anti-establishment outsider unbeholden to special interests.”

American SuperPAC Disrupt for America is dedicated to convincing Mark Zuckerberg to consider a Presidential run in 2020. It uses the twitter hashtag #DraftZuck2020


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