I recently went to the movie theater and during the previews I saw the trailer for “Her,” which is based on a man falling in love with his Siri-like personal assistant. I was shocked that people throughout the world have built and formed relationships with Siri and their devices. Personally I don’t use Siri because I find her to be annoying and not as helpful, I much rather use Safari to find out information.
Genevieve Bell, an anthropologist and Director of User Experience and Research at Intel, states that humans aren’t just interacting with their devices these days, they’re forming relationships with them. It’s true. We walk with them in our hands, sleep with them at night and use them while in the restroom. Our mobile devices are part of us.
Relationships with artificial intelligence reminded me of “Smart House,” a 1999 Disney Movie based on a computerized house that begins to take on a life of its own. I remember as a child thinking this idea of artificial intelligence was out of this world, but this is our reality. We have this artificial intelligence built into our mobile devices and now people are building relationships with them. I just can’t seem to wrap my head around forming a relationship with something that isn’t physically real or human.