“Echo/Alexa” Products

If you are like me, you have more than likely heard both good and rather controversial stories about Alexa.  I was flipping through Amazon today, I noticed a lot of, what appears to be accessories for theAlexa with the name Echo.  Now, I know nothing more about these products than I have read on the Amazon site and a few others; however, it seems that Echo is another line of products including a “smart speaker” and a monitor/speaker unit that will show you various areas of the home if there is a concern to see them. The Echo products are meant to be used along with the Alexa voice interactive personal assistant.

These things sound fabulous for those of us who have larger homes, small children or grandchildren, or maybe even for busy families with work, after school activities, social engagements. For these type households, Alexa is said to be great to keep up with reminders and schedules.  It is also able to find things you asked for via the web in a matter of seconds, which for quick reference, would be handy as well.  Perhaps another “pro” of having Alexa, with or without the new “doo dads”,  would be for elderly people who live alone and need some assistance.

My home doesn’t need one, as we live in a really small home, and we fit absolutely none of the criteria I listed above.  I am rather curious, though.  Recently, I saw a news program that indicated that Alexa may not be so private.  It portrayed the device as a “tracker” or “spy” of some sort for government agencies.  If I am not mistaken, the CIA was mentioned.  My first reaction to this news report was, “Good Lord!  These people are paranoid!”  As I continued to watch, I could not help but think of George Orwell’s classic, 1984 and Big Brother.  I don’t know. I am not a paranoid person, nor do I dismiss things quite so easily.  Instead, I enjoy getting input from others who may have had or heard of experiences with this device.  After all, I may, at some time in the future, find myself in need of an Alexa type device.  If so, I would like to have more than a single news report or sales pitch to weigh in for my decision.  What do you think?  Do you own one?  Would you own one?

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