Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers regarding Janet from The Good Place, but it avoids other big plot points.
In heaven, everyone shares an omniscient personal assistant named Janet. At least that’s the case in the hit NBC show The Good Place, which follows the journey of a woman who mistakenly ends up on the wrong side of the afterlife.
Janet, played by D’Arcy Carden, is reminiscent of the digital assistants we have today and has traits robotics experts are striving to include in the artificial intelligence of the future.
Sure, some of Janet’s features are completely magical: If you want jalapeño poppers, she can make them appear out of thin air. This is supposed to be heaven, after all. But, just as we do on Earth, in the Good Place, people struggle with ethical issues when it comes to social robots like Janet. Read more…