Personal assistants have seen rapid development throughout the first half of the 21st century. To begin with, they could only answer primitive questions: in 2020 voice assistants were as dumb as a sack of hammers. But by 2025 PAs had mastered the art of recognizing and transcribing speech (with punctuation marks, too); they could understand the meaning of a text and recite it so realistically that it was almost indistinguishable from a living human being. This meant that half of all office activities were finally automated: PAs began to take minutes, write post-meeting reports, summarize lengthy documents, and consciously digest and recapitulate the contents of messages. They also plan your day, schedule meetings, and order lunch.
Thanks to machine learning, PAs are fully adapted to their owners’ personalities, increasingly penetrating every aspect of their lives. It all began with assisting with office work, and by the mid-2040s PAs had become an integral part of everyday life, monitoring their owners’ diets, planning trips abroad, buying gifts for friends and family, and much more. But it's not all as rosy as it seems: the human-PA relationship has spawned a plethora of psychological diseases and communication difficulties between real people. However, a specially trained AI psychologist is at hand to help cope with such psychological issues — ironically, it’s basically just another voice assistant.