I’m not sure I’ll buy it, largely because I’m not really in the demographic that needs this. I could see it being useful if my parents got one though.
Do I trust Amazon with my whole life like this? Yes, I do. With Google and Facebook too. The reality is that there is a huge disinterest on their parts to screw me over (for the most part). Switching costs are still relatively low and there is still competition in the marketplace. While I agree that if I decided to start a militia to take over the government I’d probably want to think twice about owning one of these, in the meantime, I’m not that worried about Amazon eavesdropping on me, at least more than I am worried about other less technologically sophisticated companies that don’t upgrade and patch their Windows 7 systems.
Talking about the aristocracies of the past doesn’t seem that informative here. There is far more transparency and access to information than there was before; while abuses of course do happen, the threats we must confront are novel and probably can’t be predicted by looking hundreds of years to the past.