Siri has a lot on her plate. But things are more complicated for the digital voice than we might have thought. According to the chief executive of Robin Labs—a company which runs virtual assistants for truckers and taxi drivers to locate the best routes—tech helpers like Siri are being addressed with "sexually explicit" chat from men.
According to CEO Ilya Eckstei, his company's electronic assistant is being used by some men—"most teenagers and truckers without girlfriends"—for up to 300 conversations a day, with almost 5 percent of interactions with the chatbot being "sexually explicit" conversations.
"This happens because people are lonely and bored... it is a symptom of our society," he told The Times. "As well as the people who want to talk dirty, there are men who want a deeper sort of relationship or companionship."
The conversations could be for more than companionship. Eckstei also told Quartz:
People want to flirt, they want to dream about a subservient girlfriend, or even a sexual slave. It may just be more for laughs, or something deeper underneath the surface. You see some people try very hard to establish a relationships with the bot. Some users are amazingly stubborn in that sense. They walk from one assistant to another trying to find one that will understand them best and can have a conversation with them.
Another strange chapter in the saga of digitised life.
From: Elle UK