Uses for Alexa

I was just thinking of uses for Alexa besides the privacy invasion we’re likely all worried about. Wouldn’t Alexa be useful for some people with mobility issues who couldn’t get insurance to cover other sorts of automation in their homes? “Alexa, unlock my door.” “Alexa, turn on the dishwasher.” “Can you turn down the thermostat please?” Wouldn’t that be an asset and mean not having to wait for someone else to do these things?

I like doing things for myself and would feel out of control if a machine did them. The ole delegation struggle…grrr… But I suppose if my life were different I might get used to such a thing. I grew up with a manual typewriter and shake-up milk, remember?

I think Alexa is already used for home security. But what about spying on the babysitter or mother-in-law’s home health aide just in case you’ve been worried?

“Alexa, who has been drinking my whiskey?”

I’m sure psychiatry has already gotten into the act, or, perhaps, BP, Big Pharma (okay, is using that term really a symptom of paranoia? Or does it just raise eyebrows?). The Medication Reminder.

“Bob, it’s time for your Abilify.”

Quickly, Bob says back to Alexa, “Alexa, please turn down your volume.”

“Bob, it’s time for your Abilify.” This time, two notches on the dial softer.

“Male voice, please.”

“Bob, you are three minutes late. Please take your Abilify or I am calling the cops.”

“Alexa can you turn down the thermostat another degree, please.”

“I said–”

If I didn’t have to work today I would continue this odd little fantasy. Imagine having an Alexa instead of a pet such as a dog or cat….Now that’s sickening. The thought of owning one of those things creeps me out.

Have a great day.

2 thoughts on “Uses for Alexa”

  1. It again asked me to log in to WordPress, and I am on Chrome…now that is not too bad so long as it accepts my comment. We will see.

    My friend Joe, would have been lucky to have Alexa available if it had been in 2007-11. He had ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease and it robbed him of the power to use all skeletal muscles…On the other hand, I suspect that there are indeed much more insidious govt interests in getting the population to accept such devices. Just our getting used to (already!) the idea of drones, for instance, has led to a complacent blasé-ness (what is the noun from blasé?!) and a lack of motivation to regulate either their acquisition —drones are a hugely popular Christmas gift! —or their use for both business or non-business concerns. Getting used to the idea of new technology may lead us to accept more and more such developments, a slippery slope that in my view could produce “1984” quicker than we can decide to say, No!

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