Only great marketing can make a “thing” out of nothing. The BIG DAY, for Amazon, that is, to separate willing fools from their hard-earned money, through a Sale day. Like a often sarcastic comment I have been guilty of making – “only five months till Christmas!” I’ve many times caught myself thinking, “if I had only purchased this back in July”.
One of Amazon’s biggest moves has been into home automation with it’s Alexa -enabled, voice-driven devices. Apple first started this lazy-revolution with SIRI, and Google has it’s own — I use it a lot in my car to remain “hands-free”, and now Amazon. Some time ago I bought a little microprocessor kit – Raspberry Pi – and had the option to install the Amazon Alexa code. I put that kit somewhere in the garage where my workbench was going to be my plaything. Then it got to be summer, Maybe this Fall, I will get back to that.
I understand from several articles that the voice-activated devices continually pick up conversation, including our phones apparently, unless we make some security features active. And then this gets fed back to BIG CORPORATIONS ( although they will have us believe that the NSA is the one we need to be concerned with) to help with the Artificial Intelligence and speech functionality.
I don’t really want my home to be totally automated. I have some lights right now on my home network but I think a voice -active system would be terrifying at worst and costly, at best. I read a lot of fiction as a youngster about homes that took over caring for the occupants, and rendering them prisoners, other stories about rogue computers on spaceships a la 2001, A Space Odyssey, and still others that wanted to replace humans and walk around among us. Weird . But mostly, with Dexter and Comet at home all day long, I’m afraid a self-learning automated system might have delivery trucks at my home every day. Dog biscuits, specialty dog food, toys, and jerky treats. Not to mention dog pillows, cushions and spa-treatments. Oh boy. And yes, I have succumbed to marketing, too. I am expecting my purchases today to show up in two days. After all, Amazon told me it was a good deal!!