Scientists Are Turning Alexa into an Automated Lab Helper

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Amazon’s voice-activated assistant follows a rich tradition of researchers using consumer tech in unintended ways to further their work.

“Probably not the first question you ask your smart assistant in the morning, but potentially the kind of query that scientists may soon be leveling at Amazon’s AI helper. Chemical & Engineering News reports that software developer James Rhodes—whose wife, DeLacy Rhodes, is a microbiologist—has created a skill for Alexa called Helix that lends a helping hand around the laboratory.”

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