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71.4% of respondents also revealed that their lives would be affected if they didn’t have access to a virtual assistant


It’s 2015 and the future has arrived. Smart machines are everywhere in our lives -- cars, homes, pockets and more -- and our relationships with them are more complicated than ever. That’s why today,, the leading conversational platform for apps, devices and the web, and the company behind, the most highly rated virtual assistant app in the world, unveils the results of the first ever Virtual Assistant Report.
“Virtual assistants are the friendly interface to the artificial brains we’ve been promised for 50+ years,” explains Wolfram Research CEO and advisor Stephen Wolfram. “Will the A.I.s take over? If people like us do our job right, the A.I.s will always be computing what we should do — -and we’ll end up just doing what they tell us.” surveyed more than 12,000 users of the app during the month of July 2015 to learn about how users in US and Canada use and feel about digital assistants. The below results are the most comprehensive look at humanity’s evolving attitude toward robots and digital assistants.  


  • 64% of people could fall in love with a personal assistant
  • 69% of people want voice tech in their cars now
  • 80% of people want their next car to be voice-enabled
  • 34% of people have asked their assistants for relationship advice
  • 48% of people think it is least appropriate to use personal assistants in public restrooms and transportation

Putting the personal in assistant
When asked if they could fall in love with a virtual assistant

  • 39% of respondents said yes, if it loved me too
  • 36% said no, it’s not possible
  • 25% said maybe

When asked if their quality of life would be affected without a virtual assistant

  • 71.4% said yes, I would be affected
  • 14.3% said no, I would not be affected
  • 14.4% were not sure

When asked if they have ever cursed while talking to a Virtual Assistant

  • 42.2% said yes
  • 57.8% said no

When asked if they have ever talked to an Assistant about the following:

  • Relationship advice - 54%
  • Trivia (science, politics, history, etc) - 38%
  • Sex - 31%
  • Personal finances and money - 18%
  • Jokes - 63%
  • Health - 3%

When asked if they would you like to become someone’s virtual Assistant for a day

  • 58% of respondents said yes
  • 39% said maybe
  • 3% said no

“Our study shows how virtual assistants are a part of everyday life beyond just asking for directions”, said CEO Ilya Gelfenbeyn. “Beyond their practical use, many people have come to depend on virtual assistants like a friend or confidante. As they grow more sophisticated they’ll be able to anticipate our needs even better.”

How, when, and where we use virtual assistants
When asked how many times a day they use a virtual assistant of those who use the assistant at least once a day

  • 58.3% said between 4 - 6 times
  • 32.1% said more than 6 times
  • 9.5% said between 1 - 3 times

When asked where they use virtual assistants most often

  • 54% of respondents said cars
  • 16% of respondents said the living room
  • 11% of respondents said the bedroom
  • 7% of respondents said the workplace
  • 5% of respondents said public transportation
  • 7% of respondents said Other

When asked where they think it is least appropriate to use voice assistants

  • 31% of respondents said public bathrooms
  • 21% of respondents said the workplace
  • 17% of respondents said public transportation
  • 8% said the bedroom
  • 3% of respondents said the dining room
  • 2% of respondents said the living room
  • 18% said other

What we want voice-enabled
When asked where would you prefer to have voice-controlled tech

  • 66.8% said the car
  • 11.4% said the living room
  • 7% said the bedroom
  • 3% said the kitchen
  • 2.1% said the bathroom
  • 10% said Other

When asked how important is it that a future car you buy or lease has a voice interface

  • a. 80.5% said Yes, it’s on my wish list
  • b. 19.5% said No, it’s not a factor I’d consider

Survey Methodology
12,082 users around the world were polled during the month of July 2015. All sample surveys and polls are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate. These include sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments.  
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