Amazon’s Alexa is moving into hospitals. On Monday, the company announced that it will now support scaled launches of its devices inside both healthcare systems and senior living facilities.
I like this. One of the highest, best uses for smart speakers is giving agency to people who are infirm or otherwise impaired. You can make a joke about a phrase like, “Alexa! Flush the toilet,” but if you are recovering from back surgery or if you have degenerative disk disease, this “telekinetic” capability empowers you to sustain your privacy and personal dignity. Congrats to Amazon and to the forward-thinking medical professionals that are helping with this program.
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