Amazon in Digital Health? What the Future Might Look Like

amazon-signIn this three part series on Amazon’s Echo, Maneesh explores how Amazon & others are bringing tools powered by a number of emerging technologies into the hands of the average consumer, how those consumers are using these tools to manage their health, and how our daily conversations might well reframe how we view Digital Health.

If you’ve watched movies like Iron Man, featuring virtual assistants, like JARVIS, which can control your home or have a conversation with you, you probably think that such virtual assistants belong in the realm of science fiction. Earlier this year, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg set a personal challenge to create a JARVIS style assistant for his own home. “My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man.” He may be closer to his goal, as he may be giving a demo sometime this month. For those that don’t have an army of engineers to help them, what can be done today? Well, one interesting piece of technology is Amazon’s Echo. So what is it? Amazon describes it as, “Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more — instantly. All you have to do is ask.”

By Maneesh Juneja | Tincture


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