Comcast Xfinity keeps running these ads promoting their voice remote control, where you can tell your cable box what to show. It's stuff like this:
There's another version with a woman asking for rom coms and other similar movies women would like.
Both ads promote this world where you can ask for and demand only the things you already like, and in so doing avoid anything that might be the slightest bit unknown or new to you, or something you never heard of but might like anyway. Nope. You get to dictate every single moment of your life.
Show me only food I like. Show me only people of colors I like. Show me only people who are of idea body weight but have larger than average ears and no tattoos. And who are we kidding, it will turn in to Show me boobs. Show me only political opinions I like. Show me only shows with no profanity. Show me Wheel of Fortune. Show me videos of cats beating up dogs, in Russian.
The kids today are going to grow up in a world where they can ask and demand anything they want from their phones, from things like Echo, from their goddamn TV remotes, from their cars (if they drive at all), and they will expect the same from school and work and life and won't they be sorely disappointed when life has a way of throwing shit at you whether you like it or want it, or not.
Every kid will be a special snowflake if they aren't already. But only if they can ask some gadget or robot to do stuff for them. Put one of these kids in an empty room, or worse, outside in an open field with no gadgets and nobody to talk to and they will go nuts. And probably die where they stand because they won't know how to walk for help or food or shelter without a gadget telling them how to move, where to go, or just to summon help.
Fuck, people ALREADY abuse those damn emergency rescue devices to call for help when they are out on a trail and end up too tired to walk back, or somebody decides they really want to go home. So they pull the cord meant for a catastrophic life or death emergency and a rescue force shows up looking for injured people and find only some asshole who had an empty stomach and was too tired to walk back.
Maybe it's too late and we're doomed as a society and possibly a species where we are too soft to do anything and too stupid to know how anyway, so we ask our machines to do it. What purpose then, do people actually have? Once the robots do all the work and the gadgets order items for us, why do we need to be here at all? This is becoming like some bad scifi film where the people forgot how to live and all died off leaving behind legions of robots dutifully carrying out stuff like reordering paper towels from a robot warehouse which is restocked by robot trucks coming from a robot paper mill which is fed by robot logging machines. They just keep making and delivering paper towels because some human, long dead, put it on auto order.
This is a nightmare we're making for ourselves and our future.