The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion-dollar business no one saw coming
. . . our Amazon Echoes.
I have about 14 web enabled switches, and Alexa has little trouble running them. And I use her to listen to music most of the time while I write. But the real brilliance of Alexa is the voice activation. After using her for a while, it is clear that an voice enabled, house, and auto would make life much better. I can use my iPhone to have SIRI find driving directions but it would be much better if the car came equipped with a computer which could do these things on its own.
Read the entire article, it is good, and I think the author correctly assesses the likely importance of the Echo, and its cloud incarnation in the future.