Every morning, my kids ask Alexa about the weather for the day. It amazes me that this rather charming part of our get-ready-for-the-day routine is so new. We just put the Amazon Echo in our kitchen several months ago. Already it feels as natural and normal as putting on a pot of coffee and getting the morning paper from the front step.
Next Avenue has reported extensively about how new personal assistant technologies can help people who are getting older and beginning to worry about being able to take care of themselves. Popular digital voice activated assistants like Amazon’s “Alexa” (part of its Echo smart speakers) and Apple’s “Siri” (part of the iPhone) bring hope to a lot of people for the potential to let us age in our own homes. They offer help from everything from turning on light switches to ordering groceries for delivery to playing our favorite songs.