So, I've been getting a lot of feedback that my future setting (2034) isn't futuristic enough, so I'm trying to add some winks and nods. Today I got what I thought was a good idea, and something that actually will probably be available in the relatively near future, but that I'm not sure works with my story. I like it - but I'm not sure it works. Namely - a talking car. More specifically a car with language recognition software advanced enough that you can talk to it and ask it basic questions and it will respond properly to almost anything you throw at it. I then added optional personality software that makes the system seem more friendly, and gave this car to my main character in a scene to see how it played. Here's my issue - the story itself is a little dark and pretty realist in approach. The talking car is cool and plausible, but it's more cutesy than gritty, it comes across as comedic, I'm worried about it breaking the more realistic mood of my setting, and I'm not sure I'm actually going to use it all that often. So - should I keep experimenting with the talking car or junk it? I'm undecided, it's fun but I don't know how to integrate it into the larger tone of the piece.