I am a human-machine communication scholar (HMC) and educator. Most communication and media scholars study how people interact with one another and the effects of media messages. In contrast, I focus on how people make sense of and communicate with devices designed to talk back. I'm interested in what you think about Alexa, the crazy things you say to Cortana, and how you've come to rely on Siri. I also study the automation of journalism, including the increasing use of software that writes news stories. I'm interested in people's immediate interactions with technology as well as the larger social and cultural implications of applications and devices designed to step into the role of communicator.