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What to Do with Alexa


Even purchasers of the Amazon Echo and its rivals have trouble finding a use for their new gizmo. Amazon equips the Echo with more than thirty thousand “skills.” Only about one Echo user in five has ever run even one of those add-on applications.

“Alexa, We're Still Trying to Figure Out What to Do with You”
Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nick Wingfield, The New York Times, January 15, 2018

For some reason, the story doesn't mention the most important application of these devices: surveillance.

#virtual-assistants #amazon-echo #home-surveillance

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created June 1, 2014 · last revised December 10, 2018