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Human-sounding Google Assistant sparks ethics questions

CALIFORNIA: The unveiling of the natural-sounding robot-assistant by the tech giant this week wowed some observers but left others fretting over the ethics of how the human-seeming software might be used. The new Google digital assistant converses so naturally, it may seem like a real person. Google chief Sundar Pichai played a recording of the Google Assistant independently calling a hair salon and a restaurant to make bookings — interacting with staff who evidently didn't realize they were dealing with artificial…