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OPLIN 4Cast #577: They’re all over the news: are they in your home?

Posted in 4cast, and Smart assistants

My son has been after me to buy an Alexa or a Google Home, after he saw one in action at a friend’s house. “They’re sooooo cool!” he explains. Despite the fact that he has two extremely geeky parents, my son has yet to succeed in convincing us to buy one of these devices. (Sorry, we’re mean, stingy and justifiably concerned about the privacy risks.)

Nevertheless, many people have purchased one of these types of devices: according to NPR and Edison Research, 1 in 6 Americans own one.  As these smart assistants take over our collective homes, they’re also beginning to take over the news.

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