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I fight with smart home smartness
We're supposed to have dreamed of the day when we could talk to machines and ask them to do things we could can not be harassed anymore.
Alexa, turn on the light.
OK Google, draw the curtains …
Hey, Siri, I'll talk slowly and in single syllables. Purl-ay the Bee-tuls
Then there is the sheer neurotic pleasure of unlocking our phones and watching the nothing that is going on in the house, thanks to our wonderful nest cameras.
Oh, look. The cat is sleeping. The clock on the microwave indicates the correct time.
And now Amazon has offered a story of such damned, flawed comedy that it has managed to turn a high tragedy into pure farce.
The story was of Portland, Oregon's wife, Danielle, who suddenly discovered that her domestic conversations with her husband had been recorded by her Amazon Echo and sent to one of his employees. Who must have been as annoyed as Danielle and her husband were horrified.
Amazon's explanation was ridiculous.
"Echo woke up in the background because of a word that sounded like & # 39; Alexa & # 39; then the following conversation was heard as a" send message "request At that point, Alexa said aloud," To whom At this point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer contact list, and Alexa then loudly asked, "[contact name] right?" Alexa then interpreted the background conversation as "correct." As unlikely as this chain of events is, we examine Options to make this case even less likely, "said an Amazon spokesman.
At this point you could feel Alexa can be as brain-poor as, well, so many of us.
You might as well wonder how Amazon derived that by the way. I understand that Danielle has allowed Amazon to pull the logs of the recordings to find out what might have happened.
This is not the first time we are here. Three years ago, Samsung's fine print on its "smart" TVs revealed that the company could not only record the conversations of those using its voice recognition function, but also send them to third parties.
Hey, have Listen to what the Snodgrassen think about "Game of Thrones". They actually believe that these families were once related to the Queen of England.
At that time, the terror was expressed by all. Just like the silence of a few others, um, manufacturers of smart TVs, whose products might have been able to do the same, aired.
But here we have Danielle and her husband seemingly quite happy to have these wonderfully cheap Amazon Echo Microphone Speakers things in every room of their house, as KIRO 7 TV reports.
It's not my way of fouling, But has our unspeakable laziness driven us so far that we need such basic robots in every room in our home and wonder why they may listen more than we think?
Or, by buying them, are we doing it? I feel we are part of a fascinating future that was first predicted by TV shows that we saw as children?
I know that human civilization thinks that it is always making progress. And one day, as Google has proved with its cheesy, kitschy selfish ledger – an idea of how robots might someday change our behavior with the goal of "improving" us – we've made so much progress that people are becoming completely expendable  But the intelligent home – and so many robot aspects that go with it – drives us to a dream of perfection.
Nobody will ever steal from us. No light will ever be left. No house will ever be cold when we go in. No finger will ever be sprained on a light switch – but you could still sprain it by nudging your phone too hard.
But does perfection make us happy at the same time?
Look at our emotional life. We claim to love not perfect people, but just those with gross defects. We know, somewhere deep inside, that perfection is boring.
So, if you associate this stupidity with the spectacular smart-but-half-witnessness of smart home devices, should not we at least wonder what we're getting into?
Oh, wait. I get it. These robots are deliberately clever, but only halved, so we'll fall in love with them.