Farhad Manjoo: Amazon’s Personal Home Assistant The Echo Brims with Groundbreaking Promise

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Farhad Manjoo
Farhad Manjoo

The Echo From Amazon Brims With Groundbreaking Promise

What is most interesting about the Echo is that it came out of nowhere. It isn’t much to look at, and even describing its utility is difficult. Here is a small, stationary machine that you set somewhere in your house, which you address as Alexa, which performs a variety of tasks — playing music, reading the news and weather, keeping a shopping list — that you can already do on your phone.

But the Echo has a way of sneaking into your routines. When Alexa reorders popcorn for you, or calls an Uber car for you, when your children start asking Alexa to add Popsicles to the grocery list, you start to want pretty much everything else in life to be Alexa-enabled, too.  Read more.