I have never wanted to talk with any of the dozens of computers I've had. Not once did I look at my old CRT and think, "If only I could talk to you like the dudes do on Star Trek." So, I was shocked when I brought my iPad home a few months ago. Waking up one day, the iPad sitting nearby, I found myself thinking, "I wish iPad would tell me the weather." In the following weeks and months, I've wanted my iPad to tell me all kinds of stuff from sports scores to if I had any email. For whatever reason, the iPad strikes me as a Screen I Can Talk To.

That's why the hype around Apple's possible announcement of a "virtual assistant" (i.e. voice control) for the new version of the iPhone could be justified. Apple has only just begun to create devices that break the notions of human-computer interactions that were established at the beginning of the PC age. And now, they may offer a way to interact with those devices that will be an even bigger change than the touchscreens that the iPhone ushered in.

The new Apple assistant is supposedly based on Siri, a voice recognition app company that Apple snatched up last year. And if it's a truly great solution -- which I'm defining as "I say something and the iPad does it" -- it could make up for the disappointment people feel when they realize that Apple is only going to incrementally upgrade the iPhone.

Incidentally, I don't want to talk to my iPhone. It's just the iPad.