Siri was first launched in 2011 as a personal assistant to take with you on the go; helping you with directions, or allowing you to perform tasks on your phone without using your hands. People question the difference between interaction with inanimate objects and actually developing relationships. This idea that data was directed to mimic real relationships seems absurd. A few years ago this would have sounded crazy, but it’s becoming more of a reality. Living in this digital age we have become so fixated on technology and in a certain context, one can easily make the argument that it is taking over our lives. We spoke about this issue in another class of mine. We are all social beings and we need some form of interaction in our lives. However, we have been so fascinated over new technology that we have lost sight of the bigger picture. Technology is supposed to enhance experiences, not completely replace them. Many people find it difficult to hold an actual conversation because they are use to hiding behind their phones or a computer screen. Some only develop relationships online and mask their real selves behind a digital version that they created. I found it interesting and a little weird how at the end of the podcast the reporter asked Siri a few questions. At first Siri began giving answers that humans would normally give, but then we saw the limitations of talking to an inanimate object rather than an actual person. I believe that face-to-face human interaction cannot and should not be replaced.
Talking to Siri