On one hand, you’ve got R2D2, Wall-E, and Johnny-5. On the other hand you have HAL-9000, Cylons, and The Terminator. And yet on another hand (this one on a third robotic arm) you have the possibility of a cyborg enhanced self. Which way will AI go? We explore this with the (admirably feeble) help of Apple’s, Amazon’s, and Google’s own consumer AI systems as guests. Also there’s a quick, ad-hoc review of the new Apple HomePod.