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Land of the Giants: #2 – Alexa, What’s Amazon Doing Inside My Home?


I ran this series a while back, but it seems even more relevant now given the power that Big Tech exercises across the world. I have updated supporting text and links.

See as well these posts on Jeff Bezos and Amazon – PBS – Frontline: Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos (upload 2020), and The Audio Long Read: ‘A managerial Mephistopheles’: Inside the mind of Jeff Bezos; plus DW: Amazon, Jeff Bezos and collecting data – The Data Age and Why is this Happening? – One-Click America with Alec MacGillis

Episode #2 – Alexa, What’s Amazon Doing Inside My Home? – July 30,2019

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant can tell you the weather, operate home appliances, and video chat family members. Alexa aims to be the centerpiece of the “smart home” connected to the Internet. It can lull us with the convenience, but what’s the downside to letting Alexa run your entire home? And why is Amazon making a microwave oven powered by Alexa?

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