Will Alexa Make Us Rude?

Last night my husband made dinner at a friend’s house. At our house, he often has 3-4 timers running on his phone as he cooks. At our friend’s home, he spoke to Alexa. As I sat making conversation, I overheard him say “Alexa, please set a timer for 4 minutes.” and I felt a rush…

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Marvel Comics and the Future of UI

I’m catching up on Agents of Shield. No spoilers, I promise, but FYI there’s an Android who looks human in a Season 4 episode. She’s a nearly-perfect humanesque Android, and her creator pronounces she has come “through the Uncanny Valley and out the other side!” She’s any techie’s dream creation – ideally, the future of UI….

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