Re-Think Your Relationship with AI

Why ‘giving commands’ to your digital assistant is questionable

A slave/master relationship is defined by the ownership of one who obeys. Our computers obey our every command, not straying far from this definition. This key aspect of our relationship has been of little concern, until now. . .

Our computers are beginning to talk to us. They’re introducing themselves to us as our digital assistants, and we call them by name as such — Siri or Alexa, etc. Our first instinct is to have conversations in this new found relationship, since it feels more humanizing to speak — but in reality, our communication methods devolve back to commands.

Although the method of input has evolved, the dynamic of our relationship has not. We simply wish to look at the screen less, yet now we find ourselves barking commands across the room. When they don’t obey, it is frustrating and upsetting. To receive greater functionally from these new products, we must learn new commands accordingly. We now have become slave masters, and our computers now as our slaves.

Should we continue to design computers to respond to commands? What greater impact will this have on society when more and more people invite these products into their lives, becoming more accustomed to speaking commands over having conversations. Conversation Designers of the future will have to answer this philosophically and ethically. I would like to see a world where more people are commanding less, and conversing more.

“Command Less. Converse More.”


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