Technology on a Personal Level…

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Siri! Play **** for me. Why did she ignore me?????

I’ve been a Siri freak since I got my last iPhone and upgraded iPad about 18 months ago.

I use the standard Siri voice on my phone, but set my tablet Siri to a hot sounding Dundee-sequence Aussie male. Don’t judge me.

I would get bored and try to coax Siri into telling me jokes. I also tried asking her where to bury a body, and her response? “I used to know the answer to this.” Huh? On jokes? There have (sadly) been times when I’ve been alone and bored that I have literally cajoled Siri into telling me a joke. Okay…once. She ONCE told me a joke, after all that pestering. :/

I purchased an Echo Dot last winter after moving to my new office, thinking she would be a great way to stream music into my office. I didn’t realize, at the time, that my new office was in a cellular/wireless dead-zone, being located right outside of Radiology. 😳 I ended up bringing Alexa-Dot home, figuring she could stream our music to our Bluetooth speaker in out pool house. She was/is amazing! So much so that we upgraded our wireless speakers! 😍

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To say these speakers are good? Understatement. They are more than likely amazing indoors!

Now you may have noticed, by now, that I am referring to Alexa and Siri as, “she” (or “he,” if I am using my tablet), and for that I really should apologize. I grew up with a generation that thought AI (artificial intelligence) would never exist, but hoped that TV phones would. (Hello, Skype, Facebook Messenger, etc…).

I also use both Siri and Alexa to set timers, find weather information and local news.

Is it odd, that at almost 52 years of age, that I am referring to my technology as a person?

With that, I give you the following: (Quotes on actual usage)

“Sometimes she has brain-farts”
-Me, on Alexa.

“The past, present & future walk into a bar. It was Tense.”
-Siri, after getting her to FINALLY tell me a joke.

“She HATES me!”
-Me, after asking Alexa to do something for me.
“You called her by the wrong nam.”
-My husband after I called Alexa, “Siri.” Whoops!

 

That said? I’m not sure whether to be scared or amused…because where I come from? This shit is science fiction!

Until next time…

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