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Talking frequently to Siri on your Iphone may indicate Loneliness: Researchers

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New York, March 29, 2017: It is easy to try to carry on a conversation with Siri, the virtual assistant on your iPhone, or Amazon’s Alexa device from your living room. But if you are doing it more lately, please beware. Researchers suggest that frequent interactions with human-like products may indicate loneliness.

“If someone notices they are talking more to Siri lately, maybe that has something to do with feeling lonely,” said one of the researchers Jenny Olson, Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas School of Business in the US.

“From that standpoint, it’s important to be aware of it,” Olson said.

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While these humanlike products do keep people from seeking out normal human interaction, which is typically how people try to recover from loneliness, there are limits to this phenomenon, and the long-term consequences are unclear, the researchers warned in a study published online in the Journal of Consumer Research.

“Generally, when people feel socially excluded, they seek out other ways of compensating, like exaggerating their number of Facebook friends or engaging in pro-social behaviour to seek out interaction with other people,” Olson said.

“When you introduce a human-like product, those compensatory behaviours stop,” Olson noted.

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In four experiments, the researchers found evidence that people who felt socially excluded would exhibit those compensating behaviours unless they were given the opportunity to interact with a human-like product.

“Alexa isn’t a perfect replacement for your friend Alexis,” lead author James Mourey of DePaul University in Chicago said.

“But the virtual assistant can affect your social needs,” Mourey added. (IANS)

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Google Assistant App Backed up With Siri Shortcut For iOS Users

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS

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Google Assistant now helps you make charity donations. (IANS)

The Google Assistant app on iOS is now backed with Siri shortcut to make the use of Assistant more convenient for iOS users.

“We added support for Siri Shortcuts to make it even easier to access your Assistant,” read the app description on Apple’s App Store.

You can also set up Siri shortcuts for phrases you frequently use with Assistant, come up with a custom voice command for a single smart home action, trigger Google Assistant smart home routines inside of Siri, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

“Like saying ‘Goodnight Google’ to Siri could open Assistant and run a routine like turning off all your lights and locking the door,” added the report.

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Users can already add an Assistant widget on the iPhone screens and with the new feature, users could cross stream and use Siri to connect to Google Assistant.

The new shortcuts integration is available as part of the updated version of Assistant for iOS.

Earlier in May, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa performed the first ever integration of two intelligent assistants at the “Build 2018” developers’ conference held in Seattle.

Their integration worked with the command: “Alexa, open Cortana” and while Alexa accepted personal requests, Cortana helped with business needs. (IANS)