“What’s the one part of the television experience that’s not perfect?” asks Jack Donaghy, a.k.a. Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock. Besides commercials and Time Warner of course, the answer will usually be the remote—always either lost or out of batteries. But of course, in this Siri age of voice-activated everything, Jack naturally invents a TV set with voice control built-in, rendering a remote useless. Hilarity ensues when the inevitable occurs: the set doesn’t know if to listen to the viewer or characters on TV.
How real-life inventions will solve this conundrum is anyone’s guess.