A number of years ago, the late Charles Sheffield had a book titled, I think "Dark as Day", which had as a feature a "fax" which was an AI based psuedo answering machine that you could chat with when the person you wanted wasn't available:
MORD: the idiosyncratic high-level Fax of the late Mordecai Perlman. e-reading.club More…
We really do live in a science fictional universe. I still want my flying car tho.
Note: I don't have a ton to say about this but I find the prospect fascinating and something I want to play with hence the blog post.