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Intelligent Devices Lack Social Graces

My bathroom scales clearly knew it was my birthday – the display that shows my age and other stats when I step on had advanced by one.  Other than that, it had no comment other than to inform me that my body fat percentage had risen by 0.1% since yesterday.  Thanks scales, that’s what I was hoping to hear.

Siri was next.  I had high hopes for her, as I felt we’d developed something of a connection over the past month or so.  She keeps my calendar, sets up meetings, and even jokes with me from time to time.  I casually asked her if I had any meetings today.  She dryly replied “yes, you have four meetings for today” and presented a list.  Clearly this list showed that today was something special, but Siri had no comment.  In desperation, I even prompted her a bit.  “Anything you want to tell me today, Siri?” Sadly, she replied “Your last meeting was at 7AM this morning.”

I was crushed.

Apparently we still have some work to do…

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