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Ben Leggiero's Blog

Ben's opinions on Personal-Assistants.

tl;dr They're not personal assistants.

Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, Alexa, etc.. The generic term is "personal assistants," but that's just a metaphor, like "virtual reality". In my opinion, a personal assistant, human or otherwise, must be able to do hear and form a respone to the following in a reasonable amount of time:

  • "Where did I save that podcast I started listening to yesterday?"
  • "Who was I going to call?"
  • "Call them and ask for a refund."
  • "Send Chris this photo via Hangouts."
  • "Turn on my desktop and send me the Excel version of this Google Sheet that I'd saved on it."