Conversations with Alexa #1
As soon as I saw the video I was sold on Amazon’s Echo.
Granted I did think you could create your own trigger word. “Bezos,” I thought, an audio butler called Bezo.
Actually, you can’t do that, so we have to live with “Alexa...”
Like everyone else, we use Alexa for playing music (99%) and checking the weather.
But whenever children older than ours(>4) come around, it’s clear Alexa is not a technology for adults. It’s a technology for children to scream at and experiment with (which was always my plan).
Even though such a full-on approach rarely works — Alexa is temperamental at the best of times — kids love trying to get her to do anything, even if she plays Ed Sheeran’s The A Team instead of The A Team TV theme (for the 27th time).
And it was in such a situation that it became clear to me just how stupid Alexa was in terms of understanding context.
For anyone with small children, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive,” is an often tedious repetition.
For Alexa, however, the lack of commas — and lack of contextual understanding — was farcical.