Because the chatbots are coming, and we're just starting to see the first wave.Facebook recently unveiled its plans for chatbots that live inside its Messenger app.
As a parent who's trying to teach his kids good manners, he worries about technology that let you boss it around.
Amazon's Echo speaker features a voice-recognition system called Alexa that is designed to control Pandora, Amazon Music and Prime Music services as well as give information on news, weather and traffic.
For instance, the venture capitalist Hunter Walk recently wrote about the Amazon Echo — a "smart speaker" which features a voice-activated assistant called Alexa.
Hunter noticed that when his young kids talked to Alexa, they didn't need to say "please" when asking it to do something.
So don't be surprised if, in the next year or so, businesses start trying to interact with you through a chatbot.
And if they do, think long and hard about how nice you want to be to those chatbots.
And if you continue to be be rude to Poncho, it'll just stop talking to you, giving you the silent treatment for 24 hours.
In the field of robot ethics, this is one of the big concerns.
At this year's conference, Zuckerberg announced new chatbots that will be part of Messenger.