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Sep 23, 2016

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research 

Interview ‪starts at 14:34 and ends at 44:17

"It’ll happen in the cloud, and it will get propagated out to eight, 10, 15, 20 million households that will have the more rudimentary voice enabled [Alexa device], and then suddenly it will become like magic. Suddenly that device, that Trojan horse that Amazon has gotten into your home, will suddenly unleash itself and become a truly intelligent agent. Is that a year away? At least, but we’re going to start having the feeling that there’s a real person there pretty soon. There are already people who feel that way today."


“Print or Digital, It’s Reading that Matters” by Andrew Richard Albanese at Publishers Weekly - September 16, 2016

BookRiot podcast Episode 174 - September 12, 2016

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

“Amazon isn’t just online—it’s opening a real bookstore in Dedham” by Curt Woodward at The Boston Globe - September 19, 2016

“Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t” by Julia Angwin and Surya Mattu at ProPublica - September 20, 2016

Amazon statement related to ProPublica story and statement issued after the story was published

The New Yorker Radio Hour Episode 48 (Jeff Bezos reference ‪at 11:40)

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Kindle for Kids bundle

Interview with James McQuivey

“Quick Take: Amazon Extends Its Lead By Taking Alexa Intelligent Agent Global” at Forrester - September 14, 2016

“Print or Digital, It’s Reading That Matters” By Andrew Richard Albanese at Publishers Weekly - September 16, 2016

All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) 

Amazon Echo

“I’ve Got a Rant in Me” - Episode 174 of the BookRiot podcast


Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World by Deirdre N. McCloskey

Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World by Deirdre N. McCloskey

Blog Nation list of book review blogs

Next Week’s Guest

Andrew Richard Albanese, author of “Print or Digital, It’s Reading that Matters” at Publishers Weekly

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