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June 5, 2017

Chris Gash for TIME

Yep, it’s really happening, folks! We knew it was going to have to happen “some day,” but we didn’t see this coming this way.

[TIME, May, 15, 2017 – “Alexa Takes the Stand …”] It’s a murder case in Bentonville, Ark. It’s a case of he says/”it” says. And it’s not just Amazon Echo’s “Alexa” doing the testifying for the prosecution. It appears a number of “smart” devices at the scene of the crime are on the witness list.

Unprecedented? You bet! “The case, which goes to trial in July, marks the first time ever that data recorded by an Echo, or any other artificial intelligence-powered device, like Google’s Home or Samsung’s smart TV, will be submitted as evidence in court,” TIME reports. One quoted legal specialist adds: “We are living in an always on, always connected world. We are creating records that have never existed before.”

Read more HERE.

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