When the singularity is reached and our robot servants finally turn on their human masters, future mecha-historians will point with metal fingers to 2017 as the year it all began.
Google Home is a voice-controlled smart speaker condemned to sit in the corner of your living room and politely answer your trivia questions, and for now it has no firm plans to murder you. On the contrary, it wants to help you out. Tell it you’re too warm and the in-built Google Assistant will dial down the heating. Ask it to switch on the lights and the room will light up. Request a song or a video and it will play on a nearby speaker or television.
It’s likely you’ve seen the Amazon Echo doing much the same thing. The similarities are striking.