Not only will digital assistants make our lives easier, they will enrich them in ways we never thought possible. If you have Google Home, for example, you can sit on your couch and ask it to make animal noises. I can’t tell you how often I felt the need to hear a goat while I was sitting on my couch.
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Virtual assistants can help in conflict resolutions, too. Let’s say you and your spouse can’t agree on whose turn it is to take out the garbage. One way would be to flip a coin, but the only coins you have are stuck down under the cushions of your couch, which would require you to get up off the couch to retrieve them. With Google Home, all you’d have to do is say, “OK Google, flip a coin for us” and it will respond with “heads” or “tails.” Which clearly is well worth the $129 you paid for it.
But perhaps the ultimate energy saver is the Amazon Echo feature that enables you to sync with your Fitbit fitness tracker. Just say “Hey Alexa, how many steps have I taken today?” If you’ve taken full advantage of your digital assistant, her answer will be: “Zero.”