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There’s a cute side and a dark side to the recent story of a six-year-old managing to order a $170 dollhouse via an Amazon Echo device, without Mom and Dad knowing. Unfortunately, the cute side wears thin rapidly, while the dark side could reach depths you never dreamed of. The root problem, in this case, was the acute sensitivity of Alexa, the voice assistant associated with the Echo, to human voice commands, coupled with Alexa’s inability to differentiate between voices of different people.

In 2013 Google Glass burst onto the scene with an attention-grabbing ad and a ton of press speculating about whether it would change the way we integrate technology into our lives forever, or if it had majorly missed the mark and would sink before it...