Are you ready for “Nurse Alexa”?

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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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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