I got an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas as my first smart speaker. It’s incredibly handy for random questions, quick weather and time checks, and for controlling a smart TV. Just “Alexa, blah blah blah” and she (it?) basically Googles for you, no typing, no reading. Never though I needed one and, really, I still don’t NEED one, but it’s a fun gadget that has more than enough convenience value to definitely keep and use. Kids love it too :D 4-year-old daughter just had to say “Alexa” correctly (It’s not “Alexia”)
One thing that I’ve joked about is how the device is always listening… just waiting for its trigger word. Everything we say is going into this device. Is it recorded? Is it stored? Is it being sent somewhere? I personally don’t have a strong opinion either way when it comes to privacy issues but I can definitely understand why someone would. On one hand, I don’t care that Amazon can hear that I’m talking about soap a lot and it sends me soap deals and promotions but, on the other hand, we are all entitled to a private life, regardless of the products and services we use.
Anyways, sorry the scene is late! “Alexa, post Scene 51.”
Enjoy Scene 51 – “Resilient Leech”!
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