Episode 223: How Amazon treats your Alexa data

This week Kevin and I read and discuss the letter from Amazon responding to inquiries about how it keeps and handles data. We go in-depth because it’s important to discuss the tradeoff between services and privacy. We also discuss a company leaking smart home data, the FTC settlement with D-Link and a smart home hub for apartments that can be hacked. After the bad news, we move to analyze HPE’s goal of selling everything as a service by 2022 and Kevin’s experience trying out Olisto, an IFTTT-like service. There are few news bits to cover, and then we answer a listener question about how to set up Amazon or Google accounts when two people with their own accounts move into the same house.

RealWear CEO Andy Lowery, wearing a RealWear head-mounted display. Image courtesy of RealWear.

Our guest this week is Andy Lowery, the CEO of RealWear, a company that makes a head-mounted display for industrial workers. The company raised $80 million this week, so I ask about Lowery’s plans for that kind of capital. I also want to know why people were using head-mounted displays, and how RealWear’s products are different from something like Google Glass or Microsoft’s HoloLens. We also talk about the shift in industrial work that will come about thanks to real-time collaboration in the field over remote connections, and what it means for workers. Enjoy.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Andy Lowery, the CEO of RealWear
Sponsors: Dell Technologies and Afero

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  • HPE wants to make all of its products a service by 2022
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  • $80 million can buy a lot of R&D
  • Are you ready for the centaur workforce?

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Stacey Higginbotham

I am a journalist who has covered technology for over a decade at publications such as Fortune, PCMag, Gigaom, The Deal and BusinessWeek.

One thought on “Episode 223: How Amazon treats your Alexa data”

  1. Quite frankly, I am shocked and dismayed by the fact that you seem to jump to Amazon’s defense. Immediately after claiming that only the command chunks of speech are sent to Amazon, and acting as though it’s irrational to be concerned about this being abused… it was, infact, stated that two hours of non stop recording had occurred. I can literally see no reason whatsoever that someone who is supposedly well versed about the ‘Internet of things’ ought to be defending companies like Amazon. If you honestly think that Amazon is above unethical decisions, then you have got a lot more to learn. I’m sure youll be thrilled to hear this, but I will be unsubscribing rom your podcast. My advice to the female host would be to check your tone, and stop belittling people. You sound like an asshole, with an over-the-top level of pretentiousness. It makes me sick to my stomach. Sayonara.

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