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What are some ways an Echo could potentially help us if we provided it with more information about its surroundings?

Things that could help…

  • Inventorying the fridge, making a shopping list, ordering it, and arranging someone to stock the fridge
  • Understanding if anything is broken around the home and arranging for someone to fix it
  • Monitoring health
  • Monitoring environmental quality
  • Listening to how we speak and providing suggestions back on interacting better with our loved ones
  • Securing our home

What privacy (if Amazon could assure it could be trusted) would we be willing to give up for this?

Always on audio recording and streaming? Always on video recording? What about LIDAR of our home?

Amazon and others will start promoting the blend of privacy and machine learning through “edge AI”. At some point we’ll have to decide on the trade off.

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