Imagine an office dogsbody that didn’t need to be paid minimum wage. We’re not advocating slavery, no, instead we are talking about Artificial Intelligence
. No longer a dream of sci-fi scriptwriters, Artificial Intelligence is now part of our modern day lives.
, the brain behind Amazon’s Echo device. She makes Siri and Cortana look like Neanderthals and could possibly be what every office needs.
With far-field voice controls, Alexa can change the temperature of the office, read out relevant news, recite the office calendar and, for the more liberal offices, play music through the Echo’s 360 omni-directional speakers. She can even settle petty arguments among employees such as; “What’s the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom?”
Working with third party developers (with more to come) Alexa will even be a worthy assistant to those working late. She can order food (Just Eat) and then check train times (National Rail) or order an Uber when people finally leave.
“Millions across the US have already fallen in love with Alexa. And, predictably, she’s even more likeable with a British accent,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder & CEO. “We’re delighted to be bringing Echo and Alexa to the UK.”