Miss Manners: Should I say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to my virtual assistants?

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DEAR MISS MANNERS: Should I say “please” and “thank you” to my virtual assistants? I’m not happy with the ongoing dehumanization of our society — for example, replacing the jobs of human beings with checkout robots so we don’t have to stand in line and look at our neighbors for four minutes. I don’t ordinarily say, “Siri, PLEASE add milk to my grocery list.” But at the same time, I feel like we lose something as human beings when we stop being courteous, even to people and things that cannot appreciate it. I’m torn on this. GENTLE READER: Technically, you need not offer courtesies to inanimat…

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