This wonderfully anthropomorphic NYTimes article describes the author’s experience using a talking in-car navigation system in his new Acura. This is another step in the incremental rise of A.I. It’s easy to see how
Yvonne v.2.0 might seem a little smarter, and v.3.0 smarter still, each revision with more knowledge of routes and destinations, and better language capabilities.
Also interesting is how much this system resembles Manna Marshall Brain’s fictional AI-based fast-food management system that plans and makes decisions and then uses humans to carry out its actions, instructing them at every step what to do. “Yvonne” has no such user feedback system, but it would be an interesting feature to add.