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Amazon Echo: talking to your virtual home assistant

With 60% of Americans using the voice-activated concierge service on their smartphone every day, people are growing accustomed to the idea of interacting with a virtual assistant. Tapping into the trend, Amazon has launched a smart speaker that acts like a home assistant.

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From Blade Runner to I, Robot, people have long dreamt of the days when robots will become intelligent enough to act as personal assistants – albeit without the creepy, evil side. But advances in technology mean people already have powerful digital assistants in their smartphones. And as people get used to the idea of talking to their devices, virtual helpers are migrating from mobiles to objects around the home.

Recognising that people don’t necessarily want their virtual assistant to look human, Amazon has launched a smart speaker that responds to commands and its own name. Called Echo, the ...

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