Reports of the death of accents have been greatly exaggerated.
There are several reasons people might find smart devices equipped with an always-on microphone both attractive and unsettling.
Apple's closed system may be its undoing in the smart home market.
Once you have the ability to speak to a digital assistant from any room in the house, the obvious next step is to make the house able to listen.
But don't worry, it's failing. For now.