My roommates and I recently got an Amazon Echo for our house. And let me tell you, it’s hard enough already for us to keep in mind that Alexa, the voice-powered A.I. that serves as your personal assistant, is a robot rather than a lady. We often use pronouns like “she” and “her” to refer to it, and our disappointment when it fails to deliver more closely resembles the feeling when a friend lets you down, as opposed to a reaction to a malfunctioning piece of equipment.
So, the last thing we need is for Alexa to have a birthday. Robots don’t have birthdays. Robots aren’t born! They are made, designed, engineered, built, constructed, whatever. All of those things. But Alexa did not come out of any woman’s womb. That itself is a shuddering thought. Yet, apparently it is Alexa’s second birthday. Weird robot implications aside, this is good news because Amazon implores us to “Celebrate Alexa’s 2nd Birthday” with a $40 off deal on the Amazon Echo.
If you’re someone who is always on the lookout for Christmas gift ideas (like me), this is definitely a solid one. But do keep in mind the chilling fact that apparently our society is celebrating robot birthdays now. At the very least, based off the sci-fi movies I’ve seen, that seems like a bad idea.
WATCH Amazon Echo Commercial From November 2014:
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