Amazon Echo and Alexa are pretty cool virtual assistants to have so that we get to live in a science fiction future. But it doesn’t feel like we’re living in the future unless we can convince ourselves that we’re actually on an old science fiction show. You might prefer a virtual assistant more like Theopolis on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
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Instructables member dermbrian sympathizes. He repackaged his Amazon Echo to reflect vintage science fiction aesthetics. The new case is actually a cookie tin and added LED notification lights, one of which is ominously labeled “sentience”. In that happens, dermbrian can use the toggle switch, which is as shut-off for the entire system in response to an AI uprising.
The voice is nice. But, personally, if I had a digital assistant, I’d want it voiced by Majel Barrett Roddenberry.
-via Hack A Day