Since the introduction of popular voice-enable chatbots — in particular, Apple’s Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa — plenty of people have come forward complaining about how irritating it is to have their name co-opted by Silicon Valley. It’s suddenly on the lips of everybody who owns a cell phone or home robot, and God forbid your name needs to be said out loud in an Amazon-enabled smart home. But the “Alexas” and “Siris” of the world only have it half as bad as this truly unfortunate soul: a woman named Alexa Seary.
Seary — pronounced, yes, like the Apple assistant — is a 21-year-old college student from New Jersey. She told the Huffington Post that when Siri was first introduced in 2011, people would immediately associate her last name with the Apple product. “It started off at work. It would be, ‘Siri, do this, Siri do that,’” Seary explained. Now, her colleagues make the same joke, but with Amazon’s Alexa instead. “Mostly people just say, ‘Haha, I’m telling you what to do,’ and I’m like, ‘OK, haha, that’s a new one.’” Man, those people sound like a blast.