Alexa Is Gaining Independence

Alexa Is Gaining Independence

Ever since Amazon unveiled the first Echo device back in 2014, the Alexa technology that powers it has been under scrutiny. Many consumers think it is a huge step forward in smarthome convenience, while others see it as a massive privacy concern. In fact, one company actually invented a device to stop it from listening after numerous allegations of spying.

Now Amazon has given Alexa some independence… metaphorically speaking. The tiny home robot can now do repetitive tasks – like turning off lights or powering on the robotic vacuum – without asking permission. The new feature is called Hunches and it allows Alexa to interact proactively with connected smarthome devices. For those who find this incredibly creepy, you can easily disable it.

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