TECHNOLOGY

Alexa Knows It All

Now that everyone’s mad about Alexa, here comes the bad news. Our smart-home digital helpers aren’t manna from the gods — they’re here to steal our data and our privacy. Today’s technology prods us into buying things by eavesdropping on our personal conversations. And when we purchase smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa, we give marketers 24/7 access to everything we say and do at home.

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Our Once and Future Home

Why are we so nostalgic for the comforts of home? How are we reinventing it as an intellectual salon, a mindful sanctuary, a hub of creativity and commerce? We propose a unified theory of home that shows how this place shapes every aspect of our lives.

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