#BBC Launches Own “Smart Speaker“ Aptly Named. “Beeb”; #Tech #Privacy

New York (The Verge) — We’re still not getting voice assistants right theverge.com/2019/8/28/2083….

The BBC is launching its own voice assistant, appropriately called ‘Beeb’. The Beeb assistant might be a boondoggle, a waste of British taxpayer money, and a classic example of the BBC making a tech thing without a super clear reason or need just because it can. In fact, I would put even money on it being all three of those things, but I’m still rooting for it anyway.

Upon hearing this news, you might be tempted to think, “Ugh, why? This isn’t necessary.” I wouldn’t jump to that conclusion.

The Beeb assistant might be a boondoggle, a waste of British taxpayer money, and a classic example of the BBC making a tech thing without a super clear reason or need just because it can. In fact, I would put even money on it being all three of those things, but I’m still rooting for it anyway. Dieter Bohn/@verge

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