After we finished blessing, I looked at the small, black speaker resting on the corner of the kitchen nook and said, “Alexa, play some classical music.”
A soft, almost sexy-sounding, female voice emited from the speaker, “Classical Playlist from Prime; Classical Dreamtime,” followed by a soothing instrumental piece.
Our family talked about our day as the music played quietly in the background. My daughter reminded me she needed loose leaf paper. Again.
“Tell her,” I said, pointing at my Alexa aka Amazon’s Echo.
“Alexa, add loose leaf paper to the shopping list,” she said.
“Loose leaf paper added to your shopping list,” Alexa responded.
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To say we’ve been having fun with this thing would be an understatement. Alexa is so much more than what I expected because she (did I just call it a she?) does so more than I expected. I thought it would be a replacement of my SONOS (Hifi speaker) but would have voice commands.
Alexa is like having the Internet at your fingertips…without using your fingertips. It’s all voice activated. So yeah, there’s plenty of room for error.
Me: “Alexa, add chicken breast to my shopping list.”
Alexa: “Chicken bed added to your shopping list.”
I’m still not sure how that happened or if that was Alexa’s way of asking me to buy her a chicken coop to sleep in at night, but yeah, some kinks need to be worked out on the voice commands. Or I just need to learn to slow down and enunciate better.
She (there I go again), I mean it, it is able to set timers, alarms, access your calendar to provide updates, give sports scores and news, provide headlines, tell you your weather or traffic, play games like Jeopardy, and someone even developed a skill (similar to apps) for Star Wars trivia. And so much more!
I have to admit one of my favorite things to watch is how all of us interact with her. It. I mean it. We all can’t help but assign personal feelings toward this damn thing. Just as I’ve assigned it a female personality in my head because of the voice it emits, we’ve all managed to feel a range of emotions towards it.
And not all of these emotions are, shall I say, “normal.” It reminds me of the movie Her. On a much smaller scale of course. All of us have gotten downright angry at it because it will say, “I cannot find the answer to the question I heard” or, “I’m not quite sure how to help you with that,” when we pose a question the wrong way. On the flip side, there are games we can play against it and we are far too happy when we have a better score then it does. It’s a machine, and yet we treat it like a human sometimes. Okay, a lot of times.
But, man-oh-man, is this thing fun. And useful. Now that I have it, I use it at least a dozen times a day. For actual stuff. Not just to hear it fart. Because it can do that too. By far my favorite newest gizmo.
How about you? Do have a newest favorite gizmo?
I’ll be out of town next week so I won’t be on Blogger, but the good news is I’ll have down time to work on my self-help book. I may even have it finished! I’m gonna try anyway. So take care and be well everyone!