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Alexa Is Now In 100 Million Homes As Jeff Bezos Says, 'Alexa Is About To Get A Lot Smarter,' But What Does That Mean For Your Privacy?

Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) already knows too much and has become an integral part of daily life. With plans to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) deeper into Alexa, the balance between convenience and protecting privacy becomes essential.

In a recent interview with podcaster Lex Fridman, Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos said, "We have Alexa and Echo, and Alexa has hundreds of millions of installed base, you know, inputs. And so there’s Alexa everywhere, and guess what? Alexa is about to get a lot smarter."

Amazon’s Alexa has seen significant growth, with over 400 million smart home devices connected to it as of September. Despite its popularity, Alexa has been a cash-burning business for Amazon, losing $10 billion last year.

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To enhance its capabilities, Amazon is working on a paid version of Alexa, incorporating more AI features and aiming to make it a "more conversational and personalized artificial intelligence technology," according to Business Insider.

This move signifies more than just an upgrade; it marks a strategic effort by Amazon to deepen Alexa’s integration into users’ daily lives.

Amazon aspires to make Alexa an indispensable companion that not only responds to commands but anticipates and fulfills users’ needs, becoming an integral part of their everyday existence. Amazon wants Alexa to become a seamless companion, fostering a stronger connection between technology and human life.

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However, the convenience promised by the integration of these devices comes with a potential trade-off — the risk of compromising privacy.

From listening to conversations to understanding home layouts, Amazon can have unprecedented access to people's daily lives, habits and routines.

As a more automated world evolves, the convergence of artificial intelligence and household devices has become inevitable, prompting concerns about how these technologies navigate personal spaces.

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