This is not “the new cat.” This is something that is and will be programmed by private companies. If it’s the new cat, it’s a cat with Henry Ford’s ideology who is sending an interior map of your home to Jeffrey Bezos.
And I know that the client will never really notice this — they won’t notice the anticipation and subtleties of movement. But hopefully they’ll feel it, they’ll understand on some level that the transitions are graceful.
There is a desire to believe that this non-human person in our homes is really a kind of person, and is one who wouldn’t sit by and let bad things happen to us.
I’m thinking about all the tools I use to stop and start my day, and how they’re all super annoying. Probably on purpose.