Emotional dependence on a machine?
Rightly referred to as the first ‘ artificial intelligence’, Siri is the voice recognizing personal assistant which has gained popularity instantaneously. Designed for Mac iOS, Siri has the ability to carry out complicated tasks such as, webbrowsing, emailing, texting, browsing through your music list, reminding to call your wife before leaving for home, scheduling calendar appointments and/ or giving directions to a new restaurant, all this merely by talking to your phone, ‘ All hands- free’. It has a good grasp over spoken language and therefore it not just understands a command spoken in a casual manner but Siri also has the ability to continue the conversation in the same tone. As Siri is introduced in IPhone 4S for the masses, one does not need an expert to predict that it would become the next big thing within a short time.
Technologies are refined according to our needs and we adapt accordingly to those technologies, making them a part of our everyday lives. Incorporating Siri in our daily lives may prove advantageous at many levels; however, chances of a dreadful ramification also lurk at the surface. Due to the software’s ability to not give response such as “no search results’, or ‘ I am sorry, please try again later’ and instead have the ability to build up conversations, there are chances of many developing emotional attachments with this piece of hardware.
The possible questions which follow the introduction of Siri are whether individuals would begin to blur the difference between human and technology, attaching human- like qualities and attachments to a machine? Moreover, what will be the outcome of such a bond? Will people prefer talking to their phones more than interacting with an actual human being?
Despite this possible consequence, the latest technology and its benefits can neither be completely ignored nor undermined.