Thursday, April 14, 2016

Amazon Put Alexa in Millions of Homes: Is Yours Next? - WSJ

From an overview of the Alexa-powered product family's evolution

"Some day, Amazon could be embedded in appliances, listening all over your house.

Why would you want that? Because your own voice is turning into the best input device since the Enter key. And Amazon has found the first genuinely killer use for it: playing music.

This idea is slightly less bonkers than it sounded in late 2014 when Amazon debuted its Echo speaker and Alexa talking tech. It—or should I say she?—is an artificial intelligence, like the “bot” Facebook introduced for its Messenger this week. When you call Alexa’s name around an Echo, she wakes up and responds in a perky voice."
Amazon Put Alexa in Millions of Homes: Is Yours Next? - WSJ
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