If you thought Siri was sassy, you are in for a shock once you meet Reginald. The new AI personal assistant is all sorts of mean.
Created by Gabriel Whaley, Reginald is designed to automatically respond to unwanted emails with a tirade of rude language and borderline verbal abuse designed to get your clueless coworker, boss, or otherwise annoying passive-aggressive emailer, off of your back.
All you need to do is respond to an email and CC Reginald (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he'll do the work for you. Here's an example of an email he sent on my behalf:
Thank you, Meredith. Moving you to bcc to spare you from witnessing the verbal whipping I’m about to administer on this inferior piece of work.
Now then, Marty, was it?
It would appear that you are causing a disturbance for my employer. I'd advise you to tread carefully before things get worse.
Do not try me.
But Reginald wasn't built to be a bully, he was created in response to a LinkedIn interaction in which a colleague was directed to an AI assistant from X.ai when it came time to set up a meeting.
Whaley told The Next Web that the experience left a bad taste, feeling "passive and pretentious" and made his college feel so uncomfortable that the two ended up canceling the whole thing.
“I actually found it hilarious that this dynamic actually resulted in not meeting. And it made me think further – as we further automate parts of our lives, I imagine we will get to the point where we create programs that do our dirty work for us as well.”
And that's when the lightbulb went off in Whaley's head and Reginald was created.
For now, Reginald is still in Beta, but has a variety of replies and can even respond when the original recipient replies. For example, I replied to his message above with "Excuse me?" and this is what I got:
You heard me.
I dare say, I was heretofore ignorant that a body could possess acumen to rival that of a baboon, but the sheer dimness of your attempt at shrewd repartee proves otherwise.
Well then. If that doesn't stop an annoying chain of emails, I don't know what will. What do you think about Reginald? Harmless fun, or just another example of Internet abuse? Let me know your thoughts by posting in the comments below.