The always-on Amazon Echo is developing a personality among early adopters who say they aren’t worried about privacy, and welcome a listening ear When Steven Arkonovich brought home his Amazon Echo, he knew the little machine’s basic functions: he could ask it to tell him the weather, add something to his shopping cart, or play NPR. The Echo was always on, waiting, listening for his invocation. Say “Alexa” and it lit up blue, ready to answer questions – “Where is the nearest Chinese restaurant?” – or act on orders – ‘Call me an Uber’ – responding in a calm, confident female voice. Related: Goodbye privacy, hello Alexa: here’s to Amazon echo, the home robot who hears it all I think of Alexa as a nice library lady who lives in the black cylinderAnd there’s something transparent about Amazon selling a device that they’re telling you is listening Continue reading