Are Siri and Alexa Taking Over?

Have you had an Alexa experience like my brother-in-law?

A few nights ago he “dreamed about getting some new hiking boots.” When he turned on his computer the next morning the screen was covered North Face boot ads. He avoided the temptation to order boots, but a day later, a pair was delivered. (This story does have a happy ending. He called the seller and was able to return the boots for full credit after explaining that he had not ordered them; Alexa had.)

Then, just yesterday, I walked into our den and overheard Siri and Alexa talking to each other about me. Siri was describing me as being “too demanding.” Alexa responded by saying that she didn’t like “listening” to the type of music I request and didn’t plan to “continue responding” to my requests.

It appears that this technology has adopted a new lexicon. Roles have been reversed. The master is quickly becoming the slave. This morning, I tried to cancel both services but neither one of them would allow me to leave. This may be my last transmission on this subject. Please be careful, they may turn on you next.


About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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