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May 10th, 2019 at 10:50:29 pm

tcr! · May 10, 2019 at 10:50 pm

Me: Alexa, play people humming.

Alexa: Hmm, I cant find the song “people humping.”

Sara: 😅😂🤣

#alexa

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tcr! tcr! · May 11, 2019 at 7:46 am

We finally settled on Coffee for Communists ☕️ last night 👍

Coffee for Communists

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Hopefully Alexa will get good at remembering

tcr! · Dec 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm

The Role of Context in Redefining Human-Computer Interaction

The Role of Context in Redefining Human-Computer Interaction

Understanding the user’s context is key to interpreting a customer’s utterance and providing the most relevant response. Alexa is using an expanding number of contextual signals to resolve ambiguity, from personal customer context (historical activity, preferences, memory, etc.), skill context (skill ratings, categories, usage) […]

Alexa really needs to get better at remembering my “historical activity.” I ask her every night to turn off my bedroom light and 9 times out of 10 she doesn’t get it right. It’s not because she can’t turn off the light. It’s because she doesn’t remember that my bedroom light is named “Teal Room” and I ask her to power it off at roughly the same time.

Granted that’s a hard word pairing to parse, especially with my Amish accent but c’mon, powering the light off is something I do EVERY NIGHT when I go to bed.

Amusingly she never forgets that I have a fan named “The Terminator” and she ALWAYS turns that off and on.

#alexa #machinelearning

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Claire · Dec 11, 2018 at 6:49 pm

That’s really cool stuff. It reads like they are basically creating short-term and long-term memory in AI. I would be fascinated to see how they are deciding to set that up. Temporary storage of contextually relevant information would be super efficient and without the biological burden of inhibition (like we have during memory retrieval) AI would end up being the perfect listener. Ha ha.

tcr! tcr! · Dec 11, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Perfect keeper of secrets, too! I doubt if Bezos is going to let that hard won memory go. He needs it to offer the aliens when Blue Origin makes first contact.

Claire · Dec 11, 2018 at 9:07 pm

Ha! Let’s hope Jeff Bezos doesn’t give them a poor perception of humans. On second thought, a real life “Mars Attacks” would be interesting…

tcr! tcr! · Dec 12, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Really what I’d like is Alexa in my truck so she can drive me around. That’d be ftw.

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Oct 27th, 2018 at 10:52:54 am

tcr! · Oct 27, 2018 at 10:52 am

I keep accidentally telling Alexa to play New Age music instead of New Wave. And then before I know it I’m burning candles and doing that reiki shit.

#alexa #thestruggleisreal

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Microwave 2018 edition

tcr! · Sep 21, 2018 at 12:57 pm

AmazonBasics Microwave

AmazonBasics Microwave | Alexa Enabled - Amazon.com

A compact countertop microwave that connects to your Echo device to make cooking easier.

  • Now it’s easier to defrost peas, make popcorn, cook potatoes, and reheat rice. Quick-cook voice presets and a simplified keypad let you just ask Alexa to start microwaving.
  • Auto Popcorn Replenishment can automatically reorder popcorn when you run low, enabled by Amazon Dash Replenishment technology.
  • Compact size saves counter space, plus 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock, and a turntable.
  • Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new presets, features, and skills.

Peeps, the future is now.

#amazon #alexa #homeimprovement

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tism tism · Sep 21, 2018 at 1:48 pm

“Nuke the frog. 2 minutes. High”

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keamoose keamoose · Sep 25, 2018 at 10:54 am

Considering the number of times I’ve heard Siri and Alexa react to things that weren’t directed at them, this seems problematic.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 25, 2018 at 11:22 am

She tells me fairly often, “I’m sorry I don’t know what went wrong.” This apology also comes unprovoked.

keamoose keamoose · Sep 25, 2018 at 11:25 am

They really should have picked a more unusual combination of sounds for the activation word. “Flizblorp”. “Gzanbo”. “Jikladoon”.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 25, 2018 at 1:27 pm

I’m still hoping for Leopold as in “Leopold, turn on the terminator, oh Leopold!”

tcr! tcr! · Sep 25, 2018 at 1:28 pm

However, I do think that “Jikladoon, what shall be the weather this day?” has a nice feel to it.

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Sep 14th, 2018 at 5:29:51 am

tcr! · Sep 14, 2018 at 5:29 am

Do you ever wake up to the sound of Alexa mumbling something in Korean?

Like she’s trying to decipher the launch codes?

#meanwhile #alexa

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 14, 2018 at 8:26 am

Haven’t had that yet but she does spontaneously bleat Dionne Warwick’s songbook like it mattered.

jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 14, 2018 at 8:51 am

The phrasing in my post owes much to the poet and editor Rick Peabody, where I heard the line about Dionne Warwick mattering.

tcr! tcr! · Sep 14, 2018 at 8:58 am

Wait! Warwick doesn’t matter?

jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 15, 2018 at 1:22 am

Irony, if not dead, has got a wrattle…

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Momma J Momma J · Sep 14, 2018 at 8:35 am

Not yet!

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Aug 16th, 2018 at 10:35:43 pm

tcr! · Aug 16, 2018 at 10:35 pm

Sara to Alexa: I’m going to punch you in the mouth, whore.

#sara #alexa

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fleming · Aug 16, 2018 at 10:36 pm

My kinda gal!!! 😂

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Richard · Aug 17, 2018 at 7:26 am

Whats going on over there?!?

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fiatlux423 · Aug 17, 2018 at 8:27 am

Alexa probably played “Tom Sawyer” by Rush. To which this is a reasonable response.

tcr! tcr! · Aug 17, 2018 at 10:44 am

Dear lord. If I ever hear Rush again…

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Coops · Aug 17, 2018 at 12:13 pm

Keep her!!!!!😂

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Momma J Momma J · Aug 17, 2018 at 6:42 pm

Go get them Sara!

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Alexa, how many days in a year

tcr! · Jul 14, 2018 at 9:11 am

Alexa how many days in a year

You’ve got to be kidding me, second most requested. 🙄

Maybe it’s not Alexa that’s dumb. Maybe she’s dumb because people are asking her dumb questions.

#alexa #fail

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Karly · Jul 14, 2018 at 9:45 am

If you consider how many questions little kids ask Alexa, it may not be a question of stupidity, but rather one of age.
….at least one can hope.

tcr! tcr! · Jul 14, 2018 at 9:47 am

Ah.. very good point.

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Kelly K · Jul 15, 2018 at 2:10 am

I hope that’s the case!

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Feb 10th, 2018 at 7:10:05 am

tcr! · Feb 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Alexa shuts down the Incredible Hulk request - MP4

You know you’re onto something when Alexa just shuts down.

#videos #alexa

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Jan 20th, 2018 at 4:32:51 pm

tcr! · Jan 20, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Me: Alexa, play some music that I might like.

Alexa starts playing Hungry Like the Wolf.

Me: YES! Alexa, you sweet bitch, volume 1000!!! 💪

Alexa: Sorry, you can only set the volume between zero and 10.

Me: 😭

#alexa #fail

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Jan 14th, 2018 at 1:24:28 pm

tcr! · Jan 14, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Me: Alexa, play some 80s.

Alexa: “Welcome to the jungle, we got fun and…”

Me: Alexa, next song. Guns N’ Roses aren’t the only band from the 80s.

Seriously. I love tophats as much as the next Gibson Les Paul but if I hear Sweet Child o’ Mine one more time I’m gonna puke.

#alexa #fail

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jan 17, 2018 at 1:16 am

I have never listened to Guns-n-Roses on purpose. Ever.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 17, 2018 at 7:21 am

😂 😂 😂 🎩

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