The Atlantic has an interesting long piece about Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and voice interaction with computers in general. Up until now I've been rather dismissive about the whole subject--I don't have one and don't want one mainly because I'm quite impatient with technology that almost works, but not quite. I'm also mistrustful of the possible privacy invasion, though I suspect that those fears are quite premature at the moment. The curious part is that I have been hoping for decades that we would finally move beyond the WIMP interface to something more like the Star Trek computer. However, this article raises a number of social and psychological issues that hadn't occurred to me. I can't say that it made me more eager to embrace the technology, but it did make me realize that there's more at stake than I thought.