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Did You Know That Amazon Considered Other Names for Alexa

“Alexa” was not the only name choice for what would become Amazon’s voice assistant, which would respond to a “wake word” when summoned.

Amazon Alexa, simply known as “Alexa,” first entered American and global households in 2014 and soon became synonymous with Apple’s Siri. But not many people know that “Alexa” was in fact not the first name the folks

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How I Got Here: Joyce Hunter’s path to federal tech

One might understandably assume people as experienced as Joyce Hunter simply enter high-level federal government positions and know exactly what to do. But that was not the case for Hunter, a noted expert on the intersection of agritech and cybersecurity.

In fact, she needed to ask a lot of questions when she started as the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)

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Roomba, Amazon Astro, and the future of home robots

A Carnegie Mellon team recently developed software that teaches robots how to learn new tasks, simply by observing humans doing the same tasks first. These robots have figured out how to open cabinets and remove trash bags without any direct instructions and could eventually learn how to complete chores just by watching YouTube videos. While the research is still preliminary,

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Summer Reading for Tech Leaders

We asked readers of CIO Journal’s Morning Download newsletter to share some of their favorite summer books.

Their recommendations, which range from best practices on managing people to tales of grifters and rogues, don’t exactly qualify as typical beach reads. But for the discriminating information-technology expert, whose professional value rests on the ability to ingest and distill information from a … Read More

President Biden Announces Key Nominees

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following leaders to serve as key leaders in his administration: 

  • Shailen P. Bhatt, Nominee for Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Jeff Marootian, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Stephen A. Owens, Nominee for Chairman of
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