Being a science fiction type, I am long familiar with the idea of humanoid robots intruding into our daily lives. It’s something else though to see it finally happening in my own, actual, old Texas guy life. This morning I picked up my smart phone and apparently breathed on it wrong because the Google Assistant popped up unbidden. I was piqued since I wanted to make a call and was perfectly capable of doing so without automated assistance.
I said, “Fuck off!” The soothing female voice immediately responded, “Have I upset you somehow?”
I found it disturbing, something of an audio version of the uncanny valley.