How to make sure your Amazon Echo doesn’t send secret recordings

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It was Alexa’s equivalent of a pocket dial. A woman in Portland, Oregon, claimed her Amazon Echo smart-speaker secretly recorded a private conversation, then sent the audio file to an acquaintance. She told her story to a local news outlet and it spread, stoking fears about always listening devices invading privacy. Amazon confirmed the incident and claimed it was… Read more »

Civil Rights Group Criticizes Amazon Over Facial Recognition

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Amazon.com Inc. drew the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday over a facial-recognition system offered to law-enforcement agencies that the advocacy group says can be used to violate civil rights. In marketing materials obtained by the group, Amazon Web Services said its Rekognition system uses artificial intelligence to quickly identify people in photos and videos,… Read more »

Inside the Alexa Prize

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Amazon has challenged 15 teams of some of the world’s best computer science graduate students to build “a socialbot that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics for 20 minutes.” If any team succeeds, its members will snare academic glory and the promise of brilliant future careers. (Consider that some of the… Read more »

Amazon plans to open six more cashierless Go stores

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Amazon.com plans to open as many as six more cashierless stores this year, Recode reported. The e-commerce giant is considering locations in Los Angeles and Seattle, where the first and only Amazon Go store opened to the public last month. Source: Seattle Times Date: February 23rd, 2018 Link: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-plans-to-open-six-more-cashierless-go-stores-recode-says/ Discussion 1) Why is Amazon doing this? 2) What could… Read more »

Amazon Is Turning These Four Cities Into Grocery Battlegrounds

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The Amazon-fueled grocery price war may have finally arrived.  News that Amazon.com will start offering two-hour delivery from Whole Foods stores in four U.S. cities has the food world buzzing that competition is about to heat up in an industry that survives on razor-thin margins.  In the six months since Amazon acquired the organic grocer, the e-commerce giant has… Read more »

Inside Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

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  Amazon’s product recommendations had been infused with AI since the company’s very early days, as had areas as disparate as its shipping schedules and the robots zipping around its warehouses. But in recent years, there has been a revolution in the field; machine learning has become much more effective, especially in a supercharged form known… Read more »

Apple, Amazon, Alphabet: The race to a trillion dollars

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When it comes to predictions for 2018, most financial analysts agree on one thing: one tech firm is likely to become America’s first ever trillion dollar company.  The question is: which one will it be? Source: BBC Technology News Date: February 1st, 2018 Link (includes a 2 min 38 sec video): http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42901143 Discussion 1) At “$999 – the iPhone… Read more »