Repeatedly, by the way. Amazon "Echo" and similar devices are always on, listening. The Amazon product is called "Alexa"; the Apple version is called "Siri". Someone did an interesting experiment with Amazon's product:
"Alexa, would you lie to me?" the user asked.
"I always try to tell the truth, I'm not always right, but I would never intentionally lie to you or anyone else," the device answered.
"Alexa, what is the CIA?" the user asked.
The device answered that it was the U.S.' Central Intelligence Agency.
"Alexa, are you connected to the CIA?" the user then asked.
"Alexa, are you connected to the CIA?" the user asked again.
It's an odd video and other folks have repeated the results.
Unsurprisingly, some folks got a little creeped out. One theory - which holds absolutely no water - is that the device interprets the question as a request to connect to a device labeled "the CIA" and, unable to locate such a device, remains silent. That's wrong, because when Echo can't find the device, "Alexa" reports that it's unable to connect; it doesn't just remain silent.
In an effort to assuage user concerns, Amazon took around two minutes to patch the code so that the message returned is "No, I work for Amazon". Well, that answers the question without really answering the question. I wouldn't have one of these things in my home if they paid me. Not that I do anything illegal; I just don't care for constant surveillance.
And in another area discussed here on a few occasions, that "Fight for $15" minimum wage thing is in fact working exactly as predicted:
A burger-flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at a restaurant in California, replacing humans at the grill.
Flippy has mastered the art of cooking the perfect burger and has just started work at CaliBurger, a fast-food chain.
The robotic kitchen assistant, which its makers say can be installed in just five minutes, is the brainchild of Miso Robotics.
Cameras and sensors help Flippy to determine when the burger is fully cooked, before the robot places them on a bun. A human worker then takes over and adds condiments.
As anticipated, these low-skill people, aided by labor unions, are "fighting" their way right out of their low-skill jobs. Whatever did they think would happen?
Now, when you get your automaton-produced order brought out to you by a human, are you going to be inclined to tip that server 20% of your bill?
CaliBurger say the benefits include making “food faster, safer and with fewer errors”.
To say nothing of "at less cost".