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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Alexa Wins the Holidays. Implications?

Saw some of this effect myself, got many questions about the Amazon Alexa device, and its comparison to the also heavily advertised Google Home, which I am also now testing.

Retailwire discusses.  Asking if this is a win for Alexa in particular, or the general use of in-home assistants. The latter I think, Google still has the potential to win by driving better data and intelligence.   But today, Amazon has the advantage.

Meanwhile a criminal case has brought up the 'attentive' nature of some of these devices.   Will the consumer accept this apparent erosion of privacy?   Will such a case lead to more caution?    Or does it really change privacy in a world where we search and freely provide information about what we do?

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