By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy)
Confession time. I don’t like Siri—the voice that speaks to you from iPhones.
I probably should. I love the concept of artificial intelligence. Data from TNG and The Doctor from Voyager were two of my favorite Star Trek characters.
But I just don’t like her.
I’m sure part of it has to do with how my husband delights in demonstrating what happens when he asks Siri to marry him.
Perhaps it’s also that I worry what will happen if I’m wrong about humans’ inability to create sentience in robots. What will happen if we ever do break that barrier? Very often humans create, invent, and explore before we’ve sufficiently considered the consequences of our actions. (That’s another post for another time, I suppose.)
But I think my dislike of Siri (and her non-Apple compatriots) mainly has to do with the fact that Siri, for all her programming, always translates to my brain as slightly off, not quite human but trying to pretend to be.
In other words, she’s creepy.
So when I saw this video from SciShow about what could be causing my reaction to Siri and her embodied friends, I knew I wanted to share it here. Because if I thought Siri was creepy, she’s got nothing on Nadine.
What do you think about Siri? Or about Nadine? Creepy, cool, or a combination of the two?
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