There Will Never Be an Age of Artificial Intimacy

Publication Title
The New York Times
Publication/Creation Date
August 11 2018
Sherry Turkle (creator)
Persuasive Intent
Years ago I spoke with a 16-year-old girl who was considering the idea of having a computer companion in the future, and she described the upside to me. It’s not that the robot she’d imagined, a vastly more sophisticated Siri, was so inspiring. It’s that she’d already found people to be so disappointing. And now, for the first time, she explained me, people have options. Back then I thought her comments seemed prescient. Now I find them timely.

“There are people who have tried to make friends, but stumbled so badly that they’ve given up,” she said. “So when they hear this idea of robots as companions, well … it’s not like a robot has the mind to walk away or leave you or anything like that.”
HCI Platform
Location on Body
Entire Body
Marketing Keywords
Apple Siri

Date archived
August 13 2018
Last edited
February 8 2019
How to cite this entry
Sherry Turkle. (August 11 2018). "There Will Never Be an Age of Artificial Intimacy". The New York Times. The New York Times. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/3109