“If the character doesn’t delight you, then what is the point?” From driving directions to changing the channels to adjusting our thermostats, we are about to be spending a lot more time talking to bots, virtual assistants, and algorithm-powered advisors. And these virtual buddies are going to need some personality; which is all a long way of saying that there is a new career path for actors and writers — at least until the machine can replace them too. From WaPo: The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets. (I knew my Humanities degree would eventually pay off.)