Ben Davis says, “Imagine if, in the movie Her, just as Joaquin Phoenix’s character feels the pangs of love for his automated personal assistant, Samantha, she had said: “I’m not sure about you, but personally I feel Bank of America offers a very competitive mortgage product for first time buyers.”

Complete mood killer.

For now at least, despite whatever weird Vice documentary you’ve watched, we don’t envisage a future where robots become realistic life partners. But technology is increasingly anthropomorphic (home assistants with names and voices), so we are undoubtedly going to expect a little more nuance in the messages we receive.

That’s why last week’s news that some Google Home users were greeted one morning by their devices parroting some lame crap about the new Beauty and the Beast movie is really rather interesting.

Redditors reported the following pearler delivered by Google Assistant after it had updated users on the time and weather:

“By the way, Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast opens today. In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice”.

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