To me, whether that’s for the best or not is debatable. Notifications are annoying, and surely contribute to my general stress, but they don’t trick my brain into thinking that my phone is a person. If our phones learn to mimic what humans do, like hollow men, it could be good — our brains could interpret it as more positive socialization. But like the uncanny valley, our brains could also become even more distressed by how hollow the almost-people are. The last thing we need is to become, as a people, even more neurotic than we already are.