There's an app for that? Trust

The infamous example of HAL aside, how far should we trust our artificial assistants? A NewScientist column on innovation asks that question and a few others about a new phone app that can take spoken commands and reserve, for example, a table at that fabulous new restaurant with very little further input from you. One issue raised by the min-review of the artificial intelligence in "Siri" is trust. It depends on context and, in the example here, an ability to pick out meaning rather than just keywords.

For some industrial strength reasoning about trust, check out this Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry. Or simply read All's Well that Ends Well.