The butterfly effect: “Alexa, order me a dollhouse…”

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In January 2017 the world got an unnerving glimpse into its automated future when a San Diego broadcaster uttered these five fateful words into the camera – and, overheard by a number of Amazon Echo devices in viewers’ homes, inadvertently triggered a rush on children’s toy residences.

In DG #26 we traced the roots of this bizarre event all the way back to pioneering Czechoslovakian cinema in the 1930s, and the very first screen depiction of a female orgasm. Hover over the infographic to follow the unlikely chain from Ecstasy to Alexa…

This infographic was published in DG #26. Pick up a copy in our online shop or take out an annual subscription with promotion code ‘SLOWPOST’ and you’ll get the issue for free.


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