In this age of hyper-personal technology, Apple’s Siri makes the leap from responding to your voice to mimicking it. Picture this: You’re lounging on the couch watching “The Crown” and scrolling through endless emails, and then you hear — your voice reminding you of tomorrow’s early morning meeting. It’s as if you stepped into an episode of “Black Mirror.”
Welcome to iOS 17, Siri is not only your assistant, but also your voice assistant. A story straight out of science fiction, right? Siri can clone your voice in just 15 minutes—faster than making a delicious grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup.
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Now, let’s put the “creepily cool” aspect aside for a moment. Apple’s intention behind this seemingly futuristic feature is to enhance cognitive accessibility. The idea is that we respond better to our own voice or to a familiar voice. It’s like having a digital version of yourself as a personal assistant, like a high-tech version of yourself talking without weird looks from others.
For some people, especially older adults, those with cognitive impairments, or even those diagnosed with ALS, hearing a familiar voice can bring comfort and relief. They can have a digital version of a loved one to guide them, which is beautiful when you think about it. for people with dementiaFor example, hearing the voice of a loved one offering guidance can bring a sense of comfort, familiarity, and relief that ordinary voices cannot match.
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Let’s face it, though, it might be a little unsettling for the rest of us. Imagine hearing your voice, clear and crisp (perhaps a little better than you remember the pronunciation), echoing from your phone, reminding you to water the plants or do the laundry. It feels like Siri has taken over, or worse, you’re starting to lose it.
Yet, like it or not, we’re diving headlong into this high-tech age where our devices aren’t just smart; they’re becoming our digital twins. They know our habits, our favorite songs, our favorite restaurants, and now, they’re starting to sound like us. It’s safe to say that one day our smartphones may know us better than we do ourselves — for better or worse.
The future is knocking, and it sounds a lot like us, folks.
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