For decades, we have seen people talk to computers in science fiction movies. Michael Knight was assisted by KITT. The computers were smart and personable, and they (usually) did what they were told. When Amazon's Echo hit the market two years ago, this dream came true -- sort of. The Echo was an affordable futuristic device that responded to voice commands.
From the looks of it, 2017 will be a pretty amazing year for technology. Every day consumers are talking about virtual reality, self-driving cars and a limitless menu of on-demand services. The future really has arrived. But even as digital tech gets more streamlined and powerful, glitches keep popping up. Just when we think we have superhuman control of our lives, a device fails to work and we have no clue how to fix it.