An old associate of mine is a real conspiracy nut. I mean I care about the guy, although he thinks about the wildest scenarios. He’s super paranoid about the government and all what they do secretly. He believes that all of us in this country are constantly being monitored and listened to. In particular he showed myself and others an article the other day how someone had their “Alexa” unit deliver a private conversation to some random person across the country; Now that undoubtedly happened, and it this concept made myself and others a little anxious about what these smart devices were capable of. I particularly have a smart control unit which I can control via our other smart devices, especially our smart iPhones. It has gotten to the point in our home where our heating and cooling system basically runs on its own accord. There are only rare chances when I might recognize a little too warm or too freezing so I just tell our “Alexa” unit to set the temperature control to a particular setting and it gets done. But our associate has myself and others thinking periodically, then what if our Heating, Ventilation and A/C system turns against us and decides to overheat a home or freeze us to death via the air conditioner? Now that seems undoubtedly weird, however after he was showing myself and others how “Alexa” was disobeying the commands and even laughing at people at times, it seemed like maybe this artificial intelligence was getting out of control like those robot films where the robots turn against humans. While I do indeed recognize like things like that are actually unlikely, a small section of myself and others think that it could possibly happen. If this technology is able to truly think, what’s to prevent it from eventually making its own decisions and choices? I have never had a difficulty with our smart control unit or our “Alexa” device, but I am more careful about what I say and do around these devices now, as they could be recording what I say without our knowledge or consent.