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“Alexa, Would You Like To Go To Work With Me Today?”

Virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri or Google Home, have become an increasingly common sight in homes across the world through smart speakers. Like cyber personal assistants they are connecting with residential systems, such as lighting and thermostats, to automate and simplify the way we run our homes. These assistants have also climbed into our cars, providing their advanced voice interface to people on the move. This year BMW and Ford, for example, announced that Alexa would be integrated into their vehicles. While leading navigation device company Garmin created an in-car speaker that includes integration with the Amazon virtual assistant, turning any car into a smart vehicle. Now it seems that we will be taking our assistants to work. “Tens of millions of people already count on Alexa at home, in their cars, and on mobile devices to answer questions, provide news and information, and stay connected to friends and family,” said […]

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