For me, Google Home is the strongest example of how is generational.

For people significantly older than me (like my partner's parents), it's useful because it's like asking a human to check the weather, make a grocery list, etc.

For people significantly younger than me, computers have always been able to talk.

But if you're about my age, the only ways to talk to a computer are by typing, clicking, & occasionally poking, & conversational agents are slow, inaccurate, & annoying.

@DialMforMara I think it's also more difficult the more you understand what's going on under the hood. We're a lot less forgiving of the quirks of something like MyCroft when we can see what it's doing and where it's gathering its information.

"What's the Weather?" "Weather is the state of the air or atmosphere with respect to heat or..."


@craigmaloney That makes sense too. My job is annotating NLP training data, and every now and then I get a sentence that says to me "if I annotate this like I'm supposed to, I will introduce this kind of response error that I've gotten from other systems."

@DialMforMara This! I have never understood the appeal of shit like Cortana. First thingI do is turn the fucker off bc shut up and let me type, damnit!

@DialMforMara Yes, yes, exactly! (Also, for me typing instead of talking is one of the great advantages of electronic communication)

@DialMforMara whenever I get stuck with a phone bot that makes me dictate my answers and says “Ok! Let me pull that up for you” followed by fake computer typing noises I want to strangle someone

@DialMforMara I think I'm significant younger than you... but I don't think it's normal to speak with computers and I find it a bit scary!

I'm thinking really young for that one (also possibly limited to North America?).

There are people alive today for whom there has always been a talking box in the house that listens and responds to your voice. I don't know how old they are, they could easily be in elementary school, but someday that website that tells you what's "always been true" for the incoming undergrad class will have that on the list and I will officially be old.

“I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

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