California fires: smart speakers and emergency alerts

Sean Donelan sean at
Fri Oct 13 20:59:17 CST 2017

Has anyone heard if the smart speaker companies (Amazon Echo, Google Home) 
plan to include emergency alert capability?  An estimate 10% of households 
own a smart speaker, and Gartner (well-known for its forecasting 
accuracy) predicts 75% of US households will have a smart speaker by 2020.

Although most silicon valley tech nerds are still in the "invincible" 
years, were the california fires close enough to silicon valley that smart 
speaker developers might think an emergency could affect them.  And 
an emergency alert capability in their smart speakers might be important?

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