Recently, my dad was trying to impart astronomical knowledge to my six-year-old nephew. After many attempts, he asked: “Do you know how far the moon is from earth?”
My nephew, frustrated by the question, turned to one side and barked, “Alexa, how far away is the moon from earth?”
A soft and measured voice diffused the tension in the room: “The moon is 384,400 km from earth.”
In that moment, my dad’s face was etched with equal measures of irritation and confusion.
He had not heard of a “voice-controlled personal assistant” before and certainly had not seen one in action.
A far cry from the children in my life who have taken like ducks to water to this kind of technology. They find it normal that there is a tiny computer in the room always listening, always waiting for you to tell it what to do.
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