- By now, many of us have heard about or might even own one of the popular, sleek multi-functional voice-first devices, such as the Amazon Echo, also known as “Alexa”, the name used when waking the device to give a verbal command.
- This joke is terrible for many reasons, not the least of which is that I ended up anthropomorphized a digital device, which may be one of the biggest issues with this devices.
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First, according to Voice Labs Voice Report for 2017, 6.5 million voice-first devices — defined as an always-on piece of hardware utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) with primarily a voice interface, both for input and output — were shipped in 2016.
- Here are predictions for the strategies of just the big players:
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The crazy thing is that even with the potential for 24 million devices to be in our homes soon, the potential impact still remains remarkably unclear.
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One thing is for certain, the popularity of these devices is certain to grow.
Millions of households are welcoming these new voice-first home assistant devices into and as part of their families — even with all the uncertainties and unintended consequences.
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