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    Is Giving Up Your Privacy Worth the Latest Technology?

    There has been an air of controversy surrounding the logistics involved in the software manufacturing process ever since the inception of voice assistance technology. While many are thrilled by the impact smart speakers have had on their daily lives, others remain conflicted about whether or not owning them means sacrificing their privacy. In 2014, Amazon made waves in the tech world when they released the first ever smart speaker called “Echo.” The product is activated by wake words like “Alexa,” “Echo,” or “Computer,” although in an effort to humanize the interaction, “Alexa” has become the most popularly used. From setting alarms to streaming music, the voice interaction feature of the…