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  • Opinion: Amazon’s Alexa is about to become even more of a fixture in our lives

    09/27/2019 4:18:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 84 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Sept 27, 2019 2:23 p.m. ET
    Amazon AMZN, -0.08% is building a series of new devices where we can wear Alexa in our ears, over our eyes, around our fingers, and keep her (it?) in our pocket. As a result, Alexa can be affordably plugged into every room in our home, accompany us in our vehicle, become our hi-fi sound system, keep order to our daily meal planning and simplify Wi-Fi around the house. With this expanded offering, we are going to see Alexa adoption grow fast and Amazon’s consumer data grow even faster. Early in 2019, Amazon touted a vague but inspiring number of 100...
  • Coming soon: Alexa in your ear and on your finger

    09/26/2019 10:39:28 AM PDT · by bgill · 26 replies
    kvue ^ | Sept. 25, 2019 | Joseph Pisani
    Amazon wants Alexa everywhere. The online shopping giant said Wednesday that it will soon start selling wireless earbuds, finger rings and prescription eyeglasses with its Alexa voice assistant built in. The goal: Get Alexa outside the home and wherever customers are. "You can have Alexa with you 24/7," said Werner Goertz, a personal technology analyst at Gartner.
  • Apply thru: McDonald's now hiring via Alexa, Google Assistant

    09/25/2019 5:04:31 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies
    kvue ^ | Sept. 25, 2019 | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    Want a job at McDonald's? Just ask your smartphone. Starting Wednesday, McDonald's Corp. will let job seekers start an application by using voice commands with Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant. If users say, "Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald's," Alexa will ask which country they want to work in and play McDonald's catchy "I'm lovin' it" jingle. After that, users can share their phone number and get a link to continue the application process. Alexa also shares some facts about working for the company, such as how it can lead to jobs in other fields.

    09/20/2019 8:29:33 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 76 replies ^ | September 17, 2019 | SAGACIOUS NEWS
      (Mass Private I) It is hard to imagine a more intrusive home surveillance device than a faucet or toilet that listens to everyone’s conversations, but that is just what Delta Faucet and Kohler have done.Delta Faucet’s “Voice IQ” takes advantage of where lots of people like to congregate and turns it into an Alexa eavesdropping center.“Designed with the understanding that 20 percent of all WiFi-enabled homes are equipped with a connected home device, VoiceIQ Technology pairs with existing devices to dispense the exact amount of water needed, all with a simple voice command.”Delta lets Alexa decide how much water everyone...
  • Amazon will start letting random people answer your Alexa questions

    09/15/2019 8:24:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    KARE11 ^ | September 13, 2019 | Suzanne Nuyen, TEGNA
    Amazon is introducing its new "Alexa Answers" program, which will let anyone provide answers to questions Alexa can't answer. Users can sign up to answer questions and earn "points" each time Alexa shares on of their answers. Users can browse questions that Alexa doesn't have answers for to find ones that match their areas of expertise. According to Fast Company, Amazon will employ human editors as well as use algorithms to vet the user answers. Users can also up vote and down vote answers to help editors weed out erroneous answers. The system is reminiscent of Yahoo Answers or Quora,...
  • Amazon home robot prototype is reportedly waist-high and can be summoned by voice

    07/12/2019 1:58:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    cnbc ^ | Jul 12 2019 | Todd Haselton
    Amazon is still working on a robot that will roam around homes... A prototype of the robot, codenamed “Vesta,” ... is capable of moving around on its own using built-in cameras, according to the report. A similar report last April revealed that Amazon is interested in creating home robots that might be able to provide access to the company’s Amazon Alexa voice assistant no matter where you are. Amazon has continued to invest in robotics and in June introduced new warehouse robots including the Pegasus and Xanthus. Amazon typically holds big product reveal events at its Seattle headquarters in September....
  • Man arrested for alleged domestic violence after Alexa calls the cops

    07/12/2019 1:54:52 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Daily Dot ^ | 07/12/2019 | Mikael Thalen
    A New Mexico man was taken into custody after an Amazon Echo device called the police during an alleged domestic violence incident.Police say 28-year-old Eduardo Barros got into a physical altercation with his unidentified girlfriend following an argument at a Tijeras residence just outside of Albuquerque on July 2.    Barros, who is also accused of threatening to kill the women while in possession of a firearm, allegedly asked her if she had contacted law enforcement.“Did you call the sheriffs?” Barros reportedly questioned.An Amazon virtual assistant plugged into the home’s landline interpreted the question as a command to call police, Bernalillo County...
  • FTC urged by child advocates to investigate Amazon’s Alexa

    07/10/2019 7:47:17 AM PDT · by upchuck · 27 replies ^ | July 9, 2019
    NEW YORK — Amazon met with skepticism from some privacy advocates and members of Congress last year when it introduced its first kid-oriented voice assistant , along with brightly colored models of its Echo Dot speaker designed for children. Now those advocates say the kids’ version of Amazon’s Alexa won’t forget what children tell it, even after parents try to delete the conversations. For that and other alleged privacy flaws they found while testing the service, they’re now asking the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to investigate whether it violates children’s privacy laws.
  • A man asked for his data from Amazon—and they sent him 1,700 recordings of someone else

    07/03/2019 5:54:51 AM PDT · by 3161J410 · 24 replies
    MIT Tech Review ^ | Charlotte Jee
    An Amazon user in Germany was accidentally sent 1,700 audio recordings of someone he didn’t know after he requested his own data file, exercising his rights under the EU’s GDPR. A magazine listened to the files and was able to put together a detailed picture of the other user and his personal habits. They worked out which devices he owns, which music he likes, and who his girlfriend is, and even listened to him in the shower. They tracked down the victim, who confirmed it was he and said that Amazon had not informed him about the leak.
  • Bitcoin not built to last, despite recent surge

    07/01/2019 9:28:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | 07/01/2019 | Jonathan Trugman
    Last week we saw bitcoin, the great hope of cryptocurrency, skyrocket to over $13,000. It was in the vicinity of $3,200 as recently as December. Why? Maybe it was Facebook’s new venture into creating its own digital currency, Libra — although, if that were to be successful, how it would offer any type of validation of bitcoin is beyond me, and a whole lot of smart people on Wall Street. In fact, it might spell the beginning of the end for bitcoin. There are almost no major Wall Street investors of substance with meaningful track records who have invested in...
  • Pasco Sheriff: "This Was An Absolute Gun Battle Out There"

    06/08/2019 12:12:43 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Bay News9 ^ | 6/7/19
    NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — A Pasco County deputy was shot overnight while responding to a call in New Port Richey that turned into an intense gun fight. Pasco deputy shot in leg overnight in New Port RicheyDeputy was responding to domestic violence callDeputy is expected to recover, suspect in custody According to authorities, the deputy responded to a home in the 7300 block of Humboldt Avenue just before 12:30 a.m. when several shots were fired. The deputy was shot in the leg and the suspect barricaded himself in the home.  The suspect, identified as 62-year-old Terrance J. Peterson, remained in...
  • See The U.S.A. in your Chevrolet

    05/18/2019 5:24:59 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 36 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 5-18-19 | MOTUS
    It’s worth noting that even in the Jetson’s future world of flying cars a driver was still required. That’s because the Jetsons lived in a world where technology may have advanced but the fundamental elements of human nature remained the same. Which is to say most humans like to be in control. Driving gives us that sense, we can’t control the other idiots on the road but we can control how we maneuver around their stupidity. And that may be why we may actually be closer to the flying car than the driverless car. Warning: the images in your rearview...
  • Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

    05/07/2019 6:13:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6, 2019 | Geoffrey A. Fowler
    Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, "Are you crazy?" Yet that's essentially what Amazon has been doing to millions of us with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it's hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley's next frontier. Many smart-speaker owners don't realize it, but Amazon keeps a copy of everything Alexa records after it hears its name. Apple's Siri, and until recently Google's Assistant, by default also keep recordings to help train their artificial intelligences.
  • Alexa Has An Evil Big Brother

    04/14/2019 11:07:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 99 replies ^ | April 14, 2019 | Jeff Crouere
    The worst fears of privacy advocates were confirmed this week after a Bloomberg report noted that Amazon employs thousands of specialists to decipher private conversations picked up on different types of Echo speakers. Of course, these devices use an automated assistant named “Alexa” to respond to requests for information, to play music, to turn off the lights and perform countless other tasks. All of this interaction with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) device is supposed to make life easier, not allow for a sophisticated spying operation.  This bombshell news should alarm every one of the millions of Echo users worldwide. In a...
  • Amazon listening-in flap shows that one way or another, free stuff is always going to be paid for

    04/14/2019 7:35:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/12/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Today's most creepily Orwellian story is about tech/retail giant Amazon. A Bloomberg story, picked up by Fox News, says that Amazon's Alexa talk-to-the-computer 'digital assistant' service, which a lot of us use, has a bunch of listeners-in on the other side. Far from talking to a machine, as you think you might be doing, you are offering up some reality-TV for the hipsters listening in. And lots of them like to pick up the conversations, the ones that amuse them, and share their recordings of with all their co-workers on some company bulletin board: Here's the Fox writeup: Alexa is like having...
  • SPY IN THE HOUSE Amazon is listening to YOUR Alexa device workers recorded woman singing/sex assault

    04/11/2019 1:56:10 PM PDT · by BTerclinger · 58 replies
    The Sun ^ | 11th April 2019 | Neal Baker
    AMAZON is listening to customers through Alexa devices - with employees recording thousands of clips including a woman singing in the shower and a sex assault, it emerged last night. Full-time workers and contractors at the online retail giant reportedly sift through as many as 1,000 recordings per shift - and even share "amusing" clips between themselves.
  • Report: Home Assistants with ‘Moral AI’ Could Call Police on Owners

    02/26/2019 10:40:55 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/25/19 | Charlie Nash
    ...home assistants could soon report their owners to the police for breaking the law based on a “Moral A.I.” system, if the ideas of academics in Europe are implemented. ...academics at the University of Bergen in Norway discussed the idea of a “moral A.I.” for smart home assistants, like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, during a conference. Moral A.I. would reportedly make home assistants have to “decide whether to report their owners for breaking the law,” or whether to stay silent. “This would let them to weigh-up whether to report illegal activity to the police, effectively putting...
  • ROGUE AI Alexa DOWN – Amazon helper stopped working, ‘ignored users’ and wouldn’t turn off

    01/16/2019 10:53:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 16th January 2019, 9:20 am Updated: 16th January 2019, 3:00 pm | By Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor
    The artificial intelligence has gone rogue ==================== AMAZON'S virtual assistant Alexa stopped working for some users around the world on Wednesday morning. The mysterious outage meant that Alexa – typically controlled by voice – was "ignoring" user requests. AMAZON'S virtual assistant Alexa stopped working for some users around the world on Wednesday morning. The mysterious outage meant that Alexa – typically controlled by voice – was "ignoring" user requests. Outage tracker Down Detector received hundreds of reports about Alexa not working at around 8am UK time – and was resolved about an hour later. Most of the reports were related...
  • Amazon error allowed Alexa user to eavesdrop on another home

    12/20/2018 7:21:16 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/20/2018 | Reuters
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A user of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in Germany got access to more than a thousand recordings from another user because of “a human error” by the company. The customer had asked to listen back to recordings of his own activities made by Alexa but he was also able to access 1,700 audio files from a stranger when Amazon sent him a link, German trade publication c’t reported. “This unfortunate case was the result of a human error and an isolated single case,” an Amazon spokesman said on Thursday. The first customer had initially got no reply...
  • A foul-mouthed parrot uses Amazon's Alexa to order things when his owner is away

    12/17/2018 7:07:30 AM PST · by bgill · 43 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Dec. 17, 2018 | abc7
    A parrot that was kicked out of an animal sanctuary for swearing too much is in trouble again, but this time, for a different reason. Rocco the African grey parrot – who was removed from a National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in the United Kingdom – enjoys chatting with Alexa on his owner’s Amazon Echo so much so that he keeps using it to order things. According to the Sun, Rocco has ordered strawberries, watermelon, raisins, broccoli and ice cream, as well as a kite, kettle and light bulbs... Wischnewski said Rocco also uses Alexa to play music, with rock...