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Can Siri or Alexa replace your need for friends? Well, maybe.

Can Siri or Alexa replace your need for friends? Well, maybe.

By now, we're familiar with the movie storyline. A person replaces relationships with a digital device, like Joaquin Phoenix leaning on his operating system in "Her," and "The Circle" — opening in April — based on the Dave Eggers book chronicling a future society dependent on technological connection.

A recent study co-authored by James Mourey, assistant professor of marketing at DePaul University's Driehaus College of Business, sought to see exactly how much a humanlike digital device might replace humans.

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