Paranoia

After growing up watching all these scary science fiction movies where robots and technology always rebel against humans, it makes me wonder if something like that could really happen. With all these smart technologies we have nowadays, I sometimes wonder if I should have the technology or not. All my friends tell me how great their “Alexa” devices are and how they have these great smart thermostats and smart refrigerators. I have never upgraded to any of these devices because I have that lingering paranoia that something bad might happen. I read this article recently about somebody’s Alexa device recording their conversation and sending it to somebody. Those people were in absolute shock because it was a private conversation and nobody authorized the device to record the conversation, let alone send it to somebody else. That type of thing really makes me feel uncomfortable. I’m sure it was some kind of crazy malfunction, but isn’t there a possibility that it wasn’t a malfunction? What if these smart devices are waking up with actual intelligence and are deciding to rebel against people? If I somehow woke up and I was a smart thermostat that could actually think about what was going on, I don’t think I would be too happy about my “masters” telling me what to do. I don’t think I would overheat the people to death or anything crazy, but I might just decide not to listen to them. I’m not sure if I will ever get over this paranoia about this smart technology, so I think I will just continue to stick with my old school devices that aren’t so “smart”.

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