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Inside Amazonís plan for Alexa to run your entire life
« on: November 11, 2019, 12:25:12 PM »
"Speaking with MIT Technology Review, Rohit Prasad, Alexaís head scientist, has now revealed further details about where Alexa is headed next. The crux of the plan is for the voice assistant to move from passive to proactive interactions. Rather than wait for and respond to requests, Alexa will anticipate what the user might want."

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614676/amazon-alexa-will-run-your-life-data-privacy/
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Re: Inside Amazonís plan for Alexa to run your entire life
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2019, 04:41:20 PM »
>proactive interactions

I have a tendency to gut "proactive interactions" from my tech, leaving a skeletal/minimalist version that will perform the functionality I want.  Over the last 2 months, I have noticed a few attempts by Alexa to 'engage' us after we give it a command. So far, it has asked for affirmation afterward and we've responded negatively.  For now, that seems to be keeping it in check.

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Re: Inside Amazonís plan for Alexa to run your entire life
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2019, 10:22:37 AM »
>>we've responded negatively.

Is that like a "FU"
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2019, 03:27:15 PM »
Absolutely.  And she sounds a little surprised.  I'm expecting her to start whimpering soon.

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Re: Inside Amazonís plan for Alexa to run your entire life
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2019, 03:47:38 PM »
Nationwide emailed saying we're getting a free echo for auto, just for being so awesome! hhhh

I guess they're going to be tracking where people go and just how fast they get there?

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Re: Inside Amazonís plan for Alexa to run your entire life
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2019, 05:40:55 PM »
There is a race between G and Amz to own the dashboard of your vehicle.  Here, G has the advantage because of Waze and Android Auto (and Waymo, but that's not hit consumers yet).  I think that Amz is playing catch-up ball in this market.  It's an odd market now, in some ways it's becoming tightly integrated with smarthome, where Amz dominates.  They may be able to leverage that and leave the actual driving to G.  I think that's how it'll end up, with both services in the car.

>free

Hell, where's mine???


In the car is where I DO miss Alexa.  It'd be handy to access our grocery list or my ToDo-ist personal secretary app when something comes to mind while on a roadtrip.  I don't have a hotspot, though. Last time I checked, it was $10/mo for something that I'd use very infrequently.
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Re: Inside Amazonís plan for Alexa to run your entire life
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2019, 12:13:53 AM »
[OT - every time I see this title, my mind just scans it and reads it as "Alexa to ruin your entire life."]

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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2019, 02:06:10 AM »
>Alexa to ruin your entire life

And they start at an early age.  Like other tech, kids gravitate to it immediately, and they do all the interactive crap --but particularly music.  My daughter said she was going to have to buy a Dot for her 3 yr old cause the kid is constantly playing with the one in the kitchen.

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Re: Inside Amazonís plan for Alexa to run your entire life
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2019, 02:52:34 AM »
she was going to have to

I think a root problem in the world is people confuse need/want and compulsion/agency. We all do it: "I have to go to the dentist tomorrow." But she most certainly doesn't *have* to buy a money conduit to Amazon for a three-year old.

Of course I saw my sister forbid TV and toy guns to her son only to watch him move out of the house and buy a wall-sized TV and a closet full of guns. So maybe the best thing she can do is give that three-year-old a Dot. Maybe even tell him/her that she can't have supper until she orders it on the Dot.

https://www.alfiekohn.org/punished-rewards/

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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2019, 01:54:24 AM »