Let me confess. I do not have Alexa in my home, and I might never invite her in.
I was born at the tail end of the Baby Boomer era, and to me, Alexa smacks of something eerily Orwellian. OK, "1984" was published in 1949, and the Future seemed a long ways away back then, but the novel reads an awful lot like a documentary on the current state of affairs in which we find ourselves today ... government propaganda, perpetual war, double-speak, news-speak (think of the "lying journalists," which is an oxymoron to explore some day), and yes, Big Brother.
"Big Brother is Watching You."
Pan forward. And here we are in the 21st Century with a curious form of A.I. that is Hearing You.
She beckons to your commands, and she answers your questions.…