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Hugo Rifkind

We’re swamped with nonsense gizmos and it’s all Steve Job’s fault

This is an era of drivel technology, things nobody normal wants devised by people who have forgotten what people are

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

19 March 2016

9:00 AM

I keep being told that the big hot technological gizmo of the moment is a box that sits in the corner of your room and listens, and I don’t want one. They’re made by Amazon, largely, and the idea is that you tell them to order stuff — such as a pizza, say — by shouting: ‘Alexa! Order me a pizza!’ And Alexa, which is what the thing pretends to be called in this infantile, accommodating, psychotic age of ours, perks up and does so.

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Hugo Rifkind is a writer for the Times.

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