Amazon and Walmart Want to Read Your Vital Signs (and Sell You Stuff)

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily BeastDon’t cough near your Amazon Echo. Keep your heart rate steady and your palms dry while pushing your Walmart shopping cart. Just maintain normal, unsuspicious homeostasis until you can sneak away from your devices and build a quiet life for yourself in the forest.On Tuesday, Amazon secured a patent for technology that would let its artificial intelligence assistant Alexa analyze people’s voices for signs of illness and use those cues to sell them products. The same day, Amazon competitor Walmart secured a patent for...

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By: The Daily Beast - 7 days ago

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