Do you remember the HAL 9000 computer from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. HAL, which meant Heuristically programmed algorithmic computer, was the artificial intelligence without much of a personality, yet it controlled the space station.
Today’s version of HAL is probably Siri on the iPhone and iPad. Siri has personality. In fact, so much so that Siri’s personality seems to have infected other iPhone apps. A good example is Carrot which bills itself as the todo list app with a personality.
As a todo list app Carrot doesn’t blaze new trails, but as a personality app, Carrot might be a glimpse into the future once Apple makes Siri available to third party apps.
Carrot’s personality ranges from sadistic to loving, from sarcastic, or punisher. Forget to do something on your todo list and you’ll hear about it.
Carrot has over 400 unique rewards for checking an item off your todo list, but each reward depends upon Carrot’s mood at the time.
Lest you think that Carrot is all business mixed with a little sarcasm, you’ll enjoy adding to Carrot’s personality with in-app purchases, including a Mood Ring theme, the Pink Eye Sound Pack, multiple costumes, and other money wasting options.
I have met the future, and it can be nasty and yet strangely addicting.