“Alexa, pay Bob $50.”

While predictions abound that Amazon will soon roll out an easy payments system for its ubiquitous voice-activated assistant, are Alexa payments really ready for prime time? The short answer is not yet — unless banks opt to authenticate the transactions outside Alexa, making them harder to execute. The main problem is that Alexa can’t yet tell whether a person is who they claim to be. The device can distinguish one user from another, but it is not yet capable of verifying identity. Read more…