A lot of smart perspectives here — especially the conclusion of the new operating paradigm in computing. However, I can’t agree that the answer to people feeling left out of the technological advances means that somehow they’ll be willing to adopt an omnipresent video and audio surveillance platform into their home?
All of the far-field and surveillence based AI’s suffer from the same problem — the empathy gap that you identified, between the people who embrace technology and those who are wary of it and it’s implications.
I imagine that in time companies will start developing more privacy conscious devices, with hardware switches to disable cameras and microphones and on-device NLP processors that utilize some form of homomorphic encryption to abstract the voice and analyze intent in the cloud only when necessary without uploading actual audio. Until then I can’t imagine these applications will not be very welcome in bedrooms in Middle America.