You know what Alexa does. She turns on your lights. She plays your songs. She answers your math questions. She wakes you up. She sets timers. She’s your canister of helpfulness wherever your voice can be heard in your house. She’s your BFF.
THE AMAZON ECHO is a stupendously powerful device. It can control your lights, play Ed Sheeran jams, keep a to-do list, check the weather, order pizza, tell guests your Wi-Fi password, and so much more. But as you embrace this chatty-computer future, you begin to see its limitations.
When the singularity is reached and our robot servants finally turn on their human masters, future mecha-historians will point with metal fingers to 2017 as the year it all began.
Amazon has said it will make the far-field microphone array and voice processing technology found in Amazon Echo available to third-party hardware makers for their own Alexa-enabled hardware.
Amazon plans to release new Alexa-powered devices with phone call and intercom functionality, according to Recode citing sources, and an announcement is expected in the coming months.
It’s not clear how many new Echo models Amazon may release, but the device(s) are said to enable users to start phone calls by voice.
We’ll have to wait a little longer for a test case on the legal use of data collected by Amazon’s eavesdropper Echo.
Authorities in Arkansas served a search warrant to obtain the data from an Amazon Echo device in a murder that took place in the state in November 2015.
Amazon is planning to update the Alexa assistant found on its Echo speakers (and now Fire tablets) so that it will automatically speak aloud certain important notifications — without first being prompted by users.
Virtual assistants are everywhere at CES this year – but one speaks louder than the rest. Amazon’s Alexa has popped up in a bewildering list of devices including fridges, cars and robots.
Manufacturers are clearly interested in making their appliances voice-operable, and many see Alexa as a great way to do this.
We all saw this coming. According to The Information, authorities in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon to deliver any audio and records from an Echo that belongs to James Andrew Bates.
Bates is going to trial in 2017 for first-degree murder in the death of Victor Collins.
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IF YOU GOT an Amazon Echo or Google Home voice assistant, welcome to a life of luxurious convenience. You’ll be asking for the weather, the news, and your favorite songs without having to poke around on your phone. The world is yours. But you know what? That little talking cylinder is always listening to you.