Amazon's new Tap and Dot join the Echo/Alexa family at home.

Amazon’s Alexa, a voice-controlled bot, built into its new Tap and Echo Dot speakers, shows how gadgets become more useful when you can just talk to them.

Wall Street Journal tech writer Geoffrey A. Fowler writes that, with its artificial intelligence-like voice recognition, Alexa points to a future where not all tech is crammed onto a smartphone screen even as it finds its way to get embedded into home systems and appliances. Fowler writes:

In a year of using the Echo, Amazon’s bot has gone from the butt of jokes in my house to a computer we talk with daily. Even though we continue to depend dearly on our smartphones, it’s clear to me now that many of the breakout gadgets of the future will have ears and a voice of their own.

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