The Echo was my first buy into home automation. That and a smart light bulb. As I play and explore my way through the many aspects of Alexa and reference the masses of support available, it's not hard to accept that such devices will become part of our appliances and homes and thus into our lives in the future. As a fan of SciFi the idea of a house AI is not a new concept but the reality is much closer than I had thought. After saying goodnight to my wife I then say goodnight to "Alexa" who turns off the lights. As I am closing rapidly on 70 I look forward to lots of further interactions.