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“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I wonder if J.K. Rowling realised while writing this that it is the perfect warning about Silicon Valley, “the cloud” and surveillance capitalism.

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@aral is this quote referencing the magic "SmartJournal AI" that Tom Marvolo Riddle made?

@aral kinda feels like an old Apple Macintosh tagline with a couple rewrites, so probably

@aral It's a fair probability. There's a great deal of satire on current (mainly British) events in the Harry Potter series.

Dolores Umbridge being a case in point.

@aral Good point. But I am pretty sure she borrowed that statement . Maybe from Heinlein? I have a memory of reading that decades before Harry Potter.

@aral then again, maybe not. I may be misremembering.