Dear Siri

Some nights ago, someone on my Facebook shared this article about an autistic boy and his close interaction with Siri, which is Apple's intelligent personal assistant feature in their iPhones.

Naturally, this article reminded me a lot of the movie 'Her' which is an American science fiction romantic comedy-drama released in October 2013. (The article makes reference to the movie as well)

I obviously can't wrap my head around the idea of someone (with autism or not) maintaining an actual relationship with an operating system right now, but it scares and fascinates me at the same time on how it is entirely plausible for that to be perfectly normal in the next few decades (or even sooner!) As it is, I already know a person or two who can breeze through normal interactions online but get detached and struggle to keep up when placed in a typical social setting with actual functioning people in real life.

Will it really be the end of humankind if we start having relationships with technology, like how some people decry? Or will it just be another evolution of human relationships with technology? After all, something that is accepted as normal now in 2014 (like the ability to communicate with someone from another country via video, for e.g.) might have been thought to be absurd or earth-shattering in 1954.

By the way, if you haven't watched 'Her', find some time this weekend and watch it. I watched it with Saliheen a few months back and both of us loved the discussion that resulted after. You might not like it if you don't like movies with long conversations and carefully nuanced scenes but if you have the patience and the capacity to appreciate such a topic then you might like it as much as I did. I thought the movie's slow and dreamy pace did well in building up the ~feels~ too! Here, you can start by watching the trailer:

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