Can put your lights out
Amazon is enabling a new feature today that allows Alexa to proactively complete tasks around the house, such as turning off lights, based on your habits and frequent requests.
According to Alexa boss
Alexa's Head boffin Rohit Prasad claims that the Turing Test is out of date and ignores many new AI developments.
Advice on the move
Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo Frames smart glasses are available for preorder for $250.
Check Point makes charlies out of Amazon security
Israeli Security outfit Check Point have told Wired that Alexa's Web services had bugs that a hacker could have exploited to grab a target's entire voice history, meaning their recorded audio interactions with Alexa.
People talking to robots not people
Sales of devices that talk to you, switch off your lights, lock your door and regulate how hot and cold you get will show increased growth between now and 2023.
The number of parents in Britain calling their baby girls Alexa dropped by more than half last year possibly due to the link with Amazon Echo voice-controlled IoT gadgets.
And flogging the contents to advertisers
A US senator who asked how long Amazon kept voice recordings and transcripts was a little surprised at the result.
It would help if it could get out more
Amazon’s head boffin Rohit Prasad said that the bookseller’s personal software assistant Alexa would be far smarter if it had a robot body and cameras to move around in the real world., Addressing the assorted throngs at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital AI conference in San Francisco Prasad said: “The only way to make smart assistants really smart is to give it [sic] eyes and let it explore the world”.
And won't even talk to each other
Artificial intelligence can go so far, but, so far, AI isn't showing much intelligence and has a sexist core.