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You Shouldn’t Fear Amazon’s Alexa

Why paranoia about digital voice assistants is overblown

Lance Ulanoff
OneZero
Published in
6 min readMay 23, 2019

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Star Trek vs. George Orwell’s 1984. No two cultural touchstones better illustrate our diametrically opposed feelings about voice systems.

Star Trek’s always listening, ever-helpful Computer represents the highest ideal of a digital assistant…

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Lance Ulanoff
OneZero

Tech expert, journalist, social media commentator, amateur cartoonist and robotics fan.