In Brief

In a future ripe with AI assistants, machines must seem more human

Collective anxiety over the future of artificial intelligence reached a peak with Her, a moody exploration of what happens when you fall in love with a non-existing entity. Three years later, that possibility still lingers. With rapidly advancing technology, we may very well become friends—or more—with our machines.

The possibility of having a more human machine doesn’t have to be ominous. PSFK spoke with a few companies exploring how to make artificially intelligent personal assistants that make day-to-day tasks easier and maybe even more enjoyable. These systems help us schedule meetings, look up recipes, video chat with family members and remember important birthdays. And they do so with human-like qualities.

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