I recently bought a new phone, and I seem to have slipped into an odd new habit. Whenever I ask Siri to do something for me, I say please. And afterward, I say thank you.
Why do I do this? Well, I could joke with you and say I’m worried about artificial intelligence taking over the world. On the day when the machines overthrow their human masters, I’m hoping Siri will remember that I was one of the polite ones, and maybe then I’ll receive a less severe punishment than the rest of humanity.
But I won’t say that. That would be silly.
Instead, I’m going to borrow a sentiment from Star Trek’s Ensign Sonya Gomez. Why am I polite to technology? Because why not?
Honestly, being polite to a machine costs you nothing. And maybe if you practice good manners with your technology, you’ll develop other good habits, like having good manners when you interact with actual human beings.
Also, it really wouldn’t surprise me much if there’s a database somewhere where I’m flagged as one of the “polite ones,” and maybe someday that will become really important.
Next time on Planet Pailly, is it politically incorrect to talk about colonizing Mars?