By the late ‘90s, enough people knew what they were doing in Microsoft Word that Clippy was less a helpful friend than a chipper redundancy.
But if you’ve talked to your i Phone or your Amazon speaker or asked Google a question in plain English, you know he was right.
Eventually, we got to the point where AI assistants are a viable option for computing.
In Clippy’s heyday, if you wanted to do something in Word — like, say, add footnotes — you had to know where the “Footnotes” menu item was, and how to navigate the preference window that popped up.
But with a digital assistant, you could theoretically just dictate what you wanted — “add footnotes to this document” — and get a result.