Hey Siri, tell me a joke. Siri: Two drums and a cymbal fall off a cliff. Claire: What? Claire: Hey Siri, are we friends? Siri: I'm your assistant, and your friend too. Claire: Hey Siri, call me human boss. Siri: From now on, I'll call you human boss. Okay.
Hi, I’m Claire Evans, aka Human Boss, and this is YOU: a podcast all about the intersection of technology, humanity, and identity, brought to you by Okta.
This episode, we're getting into the world of digital assistants, what they are and what they mean to us. We're talking about Alexa and Siri and Google Assistant. They set our alarms. They tell us the weather. They play us our favorite songs and podcasts, and in theory, they make our lives easier, but when does an assistant become too embedded in our lives? When does it cross the line and become more than just a helper?
I'm trying to remember my very first, how shall I put it, voice-on-voice interaction. it must've been Siri, which seemed to me to be shockingly futuristic when I first encountered her. It seemed like the future had come too soon. I was genuinely surprised that we were able to do this. Sure, it was a little bit choppy at first but it went from being this thing that was impossible seeming to a totally normal part of life in months, less than a year. Now I talk to Siri every single day and I don't even think about it. That is the shocking and amazing thing about technology today is just how quickly these things become normal, when our parent's generation or even five, 10 years ago would've seemed unreal.
I have it in my kitchen. I use it when I'm cooking, for timers It's good in that respect but It's strange to think that it's maybe listening to me and using data without me really thinking about it.