I can see all kinds of mischief with this. Call friend, leave message on known (audible) answering machine... or Upload video to YouTube with the audio of a product to buy...competitors think their sales are excellent...till the returns come in.
As an "open ear" by a third party, law enforcement is looking to tap these devices as a clue/crime scene tool. Not sure I'd want one in the house, not that there's any such activity going on (though the roommate does claim my singing in the shower is a crime against humanity).
I think they work pretty good. We have one in the lobby and it answers questions about the building. They need to be set-up correctly. Something the little girl in the "news" story obviously didn't do.
For my studio, I'll probably go with the one from Google, which will soon surpass the Amazon Echo
bwnbwn got little traction here with his thesis statement.
I've been year way over ten years and I can remember so many people posting they wouldn't do this, no one would allow that... And today it's a matter of course. For example, the map applications tracking you. Never! (Also, many saw the iPad as "never selling." And it was a stupid name, too.)
Ten years ago I tried to sell the newspaper chains a means of auto placing ads across their website networks. Worked with AP. Nope, no, never. Never would allow that. Now they allow G and others to do it for them.
And, keyplyr, how many of us have discounted Amazon? (Yeah, they DO hit a lot of foul balls...) Apple is supposed to be the hardware/software masters. Interesting they have been so slow in the area.