If Alexa or Google Gives You Some Bad Info Now and Then, Don’t Be Surprised

I know I have written before about a kid picking on her virtual assistant, but I’ve seen another version of this, and this one seems even worse, in a strange way.

Here’s the ad in question…almost. Apparently this ad was made for the Super Bowl, and we got a slightly abbreviated one.

In ours, she doesn’t talk about her lack of a soul, but that’s about the only difference. In both commercials, the guy acts like a dick and cuts her off.

Am I weird to not think this commercial is hilarious, and focus on how much of an asshole the guy is? The first time I saw it, I found it kind of jarring because the virtual assistant just started talking about how much she wished she could stack pringles and it was just spooky. But then when he cut her off, I wanted to hear what she had to say.

I don’t know if I like this trend of people being all mean to their virtual assistants. I know they’re just machines, but there’s something about it that feels wrong. There’s a weird part of me that wonders if people will slowly start barking more orders at people they think of as below them. I’m probably nuts, but it goes through my mind sometimes.

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  1. You’re not nuts. I know they’re just machines and I have all sorts of fun messing around with them, but since we turned on the continued conversations setting in our Google Home I’m always sure to thank it when it does something for me. And like you, I have the same reaction to those commercials. What an asshole that asshole is.

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