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Appliance Science: Alexa, How Does Alexa Work?

In my latest Appliance Science column, I look into how Amazon’s Alexa service captures your voice and translates this into commands.

ECHO_cropThere are plenty of things in my house that I yell at. Some of them answer back these days, though, and even do what I ask. My dog is still a work in progress as far as that goes, but my Amazon Echo has just about nailed it.┬áThe Echo is a device that uses speech recognition to perform an ever-growing range of tasks on command. Amazon calls the built-in brains of this device “Alexa,” and she* is the thing that makes it work.