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Amazon Alexa wants to save you from uncomfortable Christmas dinner talk. Be careful what you wish for

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Alexa’s new ‘change the subject’ feature offers the user an escape hatch for when the family dinner discussion veers into politics or other third-rail issues, Amazon has announced.

The AI’s ‘distraction technique’ can single-handedly stop a holiday meal from going off the rails or “turning into a full-blown row” by supplying innocuous new conversation topics – fun fluff from superhero movies to celebrity crushes, the megacorp brags.

And Amazon doesn’t just expect you to drop everything and rush to order a device that will spare you from the agony of engaging with family members on heavy subjects – it also went to the trouble of surveying 1,500 Brits in order to better understand the nature of Christmas dinner arguments (and presumably remind the reader of what they want to avoid this season).

Apparently, money tops the list of controversial topics, followed by “what to watch on TV” and “bad behavior” (politics, surprisingly, doesn’t make........

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