(FINANCIAL TIMES) - Millions talk to Amazon's voice assistant every day with mostly mundane commands, like "play music" or "set timer 11 minutes for pasta". At Houston Methodist hospital, the very same technology instead hears: "Start surgery."
Over the past year, a tie-up between the network of eight hospitals and Amazon's cloud computing arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) has led to voice activation being built into an experimental operating theatre, powered by much of the same technology found in the Alexa assistant.
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