We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you can, I would suggest watching "Black Mirror" on Netflix.
Specifically, for this one, the episode "Nosedive".
It was the first of the "Black Mirror" episodes to become a reality (in China, though to a far lesser degree here in the US).
There are several other episodes in the process of coming true. "Metalhead" isn't true in the sense portrayed, but robotic dogs have begun to be utilized for delivery.
"The Waldo Moment" hasn't come true in the specific sense that a cartoon character has achieved an electoral victory - but it certainly has come close with Occasional Cortex' victory and ascension into Congressional lore as the most unlikely, uninformed, cartoons of a person to win office.
It's a good show, some of the episodes are hit or miss, but asks some great questions about where all this tech is headed.
I was traveling in Southeast Asia on vacation for 2 weeks recently. Partly because I didn't want to get hit with astronomical roaming fees, and partly because on vacation I just want to go off the grid, I put my Iphone on airplane mode for the whole trip. I mainly just used the camera to take photos, the compass to avoid getting lost in the open/night markets, and of course the flashlight.
After about a week and a half, though, I started getting these dire warnings pop up on my Iphone saying that all sorts of bad things were going to happen because I wasn't connected. (No backing up, etc.) What it really meant was Apple was having a fit because it couldn't spy on me.
My AT&T phone is shut off for weeks and even months at a time. When I turn it on... nothing. I mean it just turns on with no missed calls or messages or anything. Not that it matters because if on those rare occasions I do have a message I just delete all.