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Smart Technology & Living

Nov, 2017

Could algorithms get to know us better than we know ourselves? From artificial intelligence to humanoid robots, smart technology will transform our daily lives. The Smart Technology & Living special report, published in The Times, features ground-breaking insights into how voice search has the potential to damage brands and notably the potential power Amazon holds over the future consumer. The online dating industry is also set to be revolutionised as we discover the impacts smart technology can have on matchmaking. Societal issues of social care and the possibility of robots becoming our friends highlight how significant and widespread the proliferation of smart tech will be in the near future. Also featured is an infographic on the voice-enabled speaker market and moral questions on how so-called smart guns could cut deaths in America


The market for voice-enabled smart speakers has grown rapidly over the last year, but is still mainly controlled by only two companies in the United States. Google was relatively late to the game with Google Home, launching the eponymous device a whole 17 months later than the national rollout of the Amazon Echo. First-mover advantage has been pretty important in this race – Amazon holds a 71 per cent share in its domestic market – but the status quo is predicted to change over the coming years