The truth is, we’re all cyborgs with cell phones and online identities.–Geoff Johns, Brainyquote.com
I was intrigued by a YouTube video in which a comic, Steven Crowder, got Alexa, the Amazon.com echo device, to say that Jesus Christ was a fictional character. Now all these search and information devices are (sometimes) a blessing, a boon, and a wonderful tool.
Nevertheless, I have asked myself “how reliable is the information you get from these artificial semi-intelligences?” So I proposed a mini-test, relevant to my own situation, and easily carried out. I have a new Kindle HD8 (uses Alexa), an Apple Iphone 5s which uses Siri, and my son–visiting over the holidays–an android device with OK Google. So, here was the test. “Is there a nearby Catholic Church?” (All devices had my location.) And here are the results:
Alexa gave me the name “Red Roof Inn” (I wonder where that came from?) and the address about 2 miles away of that establishment;
OK Google gave me the name “St. Joseph Church,” the address and Mass times;
Siri gave me the name “St. Joseph Church”, the address and phone number.
The two answers about St. Joseph Church were correct. Draw your own conclusions.