Apple's Siri is the smartest voice since Hal from 2001 — a Space Odyssey . I may be lost in translation, but I have seen folks treat Siri as though it's their best new friend… asking a lot of dumb questions. Eventually, Siri has enough sense to say “Move on.”
Geez, are we so immersed in digital communication that we fail to have a conversation in person or connect with someone? The one thing I've learned that is very important is to get up and away from my desk and go actually talk to someone. Go to association programs and learn something or to networking events and meet someone. That person could become a new (real, not Facebook) friend, the key to your next career move, or your next chance to pitch your product or service.
In fact, have you noticed at meetings that it's rare to see people having conversations before the meeting starts or during breaks? It seems like almost everyone is staring at their screens or typing on their smartphones, iPads, or laptops. Occasionally, one of them might glance at you and give you a cursory greeting, but odds are, many “digit-o-philes” won't even look up: a lost opportunity to network, learn, or bond.
I also have to laugh when I see folks making speeches: Most folks are not watching the presenter because many are typing notes, reading another Website (rude), or tweeting what you said. Is it that important to tweet right then? Can't it wait until the program is over?
Nothing I ever said in a speech couldn't wait. One of these days I want to see a speaker start taking their clothes off and see if they can get everyone's attention. I bet most won't even notice.
Again, push the PDA and computer away, get up, and go and get engaged with people. Meet, collaborate, share, and get inspired.