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Alexa, Please

I asked Sherry Turkle, founder of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self, whether I should be polite to my Amazon device

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Of the many things I’m smug about, one of the strangest is that I say “please” to my Amazon Alexa. My shrill liberal voice soars as I declare, “Alexa, set a timer for three minutes, please” or “Alexa, set a timer for ten minutes, please”…




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