The refrigerator and stove. ATM and auto-pay. Self-service checkout.
The computer, smartphone and iEverything. Facebook and Twitter. Google and untold others.
Drive-up, drive-through, drop-off everything.
These and all the other accoutrements of daily living can be accomplished with little or no human interaction. But what do our hours mean without meaningful or even passing companionship? In the drive for technological supremacy and efficiency, many tasks can now be accomplished at any hour of day or night, with just a few keystrokes or drops of gas.