Technology has taken another step helping us our healthcare. We can now ask the digital device Alexa advice if we are worried about our health. Alexa is a virtual assistant created the website Amazon.com. It is capable listening to people and answering their questions. As well as voice interaction capabilities, Alexa can make to-do lists, play music voice request, and give us the latest news. Now Alexa can answer our health queries. Amazon has linked with the National Health Service (NHS) the UK to add a health advice capability to the software. Alexa will be able to search the NHS website information and find an answer that is agreed on many health experts.
Alexa's new health advice capability has been met a mixed response. The UK Health Secretary said: "Technology like this is a great example of how people can access reliable, world-leading advice the comfort their home, reducing the pressure our hardworking doctors and pharmacists." He added: "We want to empower every patient to take better control their healthcare." Other people say we need to be careful trusting the advice a piece of software. They say we must go to a human doctor if we have serious health problems. Other people are concerned privacy. The group Big Brother Watch is worried hacking. It said: "It's a data protection disaster waiting to happen."