Series Update: Download Silicon Valley Season 4, Episode 7

Bertram Gilfoyle has always been my spirit animal. In this week’s Silicon Valley, he and I bonded over our shared hatred of humanized technology. The tech in question is a $14,000 refrigerator Jian-Yang buys to replace Erlich’s now-deceased appliance. The fridge has a friendly male voice that has vocal tics like “oh,” “ahh,” and “umm.” “The tics make it seem more human,” Dinesh tells Gilfoyle.

“Humans are shit,” Gilfoyle replies. “This is addressing problems that don’t exist. It’s solutionism at its worst. We are dumbing down machines that are inherently superior.”……..

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