11/21/2014

Would You Trust a Robot to Schedule Your Life?

17:27 minutes

Given access to your Google calendar, a personal assistant named Amy will happily schedule all your appointments. Just copy her on your emails to contacts, and she’ll take care of the rest. The catch? She’s a machine—a digital personal assistant. Manoush Zomorodi and Alex Goldmark of the WNYC podcast New Tech City put Amy’s skills to the test, and they’re here to talk about what worked, what didn’t, as well as the inevitable awkwardness of life with a bot.

Segment Guests

Manoush Zomorodi

Manoush Zomorodi is host and managing editor of WNYC’s Note to Self (formerly New Tech City) in New York, New York. She’s also author of Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (St. Martin’s Press, 2017).

Alex Goldmark

Alex Goldmark is senior producer of WNYC’s Note to Self (formerly New Tech City) in New York, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

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