eXtensions - Tuesday 18 April 2017
Cassandra: Siri Phones Home, but Alexa Fails to see the Light
By Graham K. Rogers
While Siri is not perfect with me, I have seen it working too well when someone from Apple was demonstrating the iPhone 7 and included Siri as part of the presentation. She gave some examples and then said, "If I were to say, hey Siri, phone Mother. . ." There was a pause and then she cried, "No, no" as Siri started to make the call.
Struggling at the back of the furnace, he called out to his wife, "I could do with a lamp behind here. . ." Alexa commented, "Have you considered the Black & Decker three and a half inch clamp. We have one in stock and can deliver. . . " The plug was pulled, but we were reminded of the excitement of driverless cars that are expected to ship with AI and voice activations: Left is a verb and an adjective (and a noun in some cases); Right is the same.
What if a conversation on the right thing to do, left you not knowing if you should stop talking or just go ahead?
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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