Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

Amazon Is Convinced Alexa Has First Amendment Rights

Amazon Is Convinced Alexa Has First Amendment Rights

Current-gen voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, - which you can interact with by speaking commands to connected speakers from the respective companies - have a major drawback: They can only be connected to a single user account at a time.

Google believes that Home's big advantage over Amazon's speakers, which use Wikipedia and Microsoft's Bing service to answer queries, is its ability to better understand users and the information they are looking for thanks to a wealth of data obtained from Google Search and Android-powered devices. Amazon is developing technology for the Echo lineup of home assistant devices that would allow it to recognize the voices of individual users, according to Time.

Amazon has been developing this capability, internally called Voice ID, since at least the summer of 2015.

An Amazon spokeswoman said the company doesn't comment on "rumors or speculation".

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The report said the underlying technology was ready for deployment, but it was unclear when Amazon would do so.

It's unknown at this point whether Voice ID will extend to the many Alexa-enabled third-party devices now available, or if it would be limited to Amazon's Echo speakers. Alexa also appeared in devices ranging from home robots to vehicle infotainment systems at this year's CES conference. For instance, Alexa could require purchases to need a specific user's voice in order to fully process orders.

Amazon Echo users can already set up multiple profiles but must say "switch accounts" or use the Alexa app to do so. But no feature for identifying authenticated users based on a voice print is now available. It may also prevent scenarios like the one Megan Neitzel found herself in this past January, when she was unaware that her six-year-old daughter Brooke ordered an expensive doll house and a four-pound cookie tin until it arrived at her home.

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