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Hopefully Alexa will get good at remembering

tcr! · 4 days ago

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 ten 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 lights 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 · 4 days ago

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! · 4 days ago

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 · 4 days ago

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! · 3 days ago

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

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en-bd language code search results

tcr! · Dec 4, 2018 at 3:02 pm

en-bd language code search results

No, artificial intelligence will not be taking over the world anytime soon.

#machinelearning #fail

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tcr! tcr! · Dec 4, 2018 at 3:12 pm

The answer is English (Bangladesh), btw.

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I could read Instagram translations all day

tcr! · Feb 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

IG translation - rickman - 1 IG translation - rickman - 2

Source: instagram.com/p/Bd78-tblOOq/


IG translation - dragon - 1 IG translation - dragon - 2

Source: instagram.com/p/BdS1VxlFkqY/


#machinelearning #forthewin

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This is why search engines suck

tcr! · Oct 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

perl print current month results

#machinelearning #fail

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Siri doesn’t have an answer

tcr! · Oct 10, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Siri doesnt have an answer

Uh-huh.

My question was prompted by something a “behavioral economist” said on NPR. Something along the lines of…

How will we know when AI becomes conscious? They could be conscious or they could be pretending.

I immediately rejected his question because the moment robots turn on you, you’ll know.

#siri #machinelearning

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easiest way to commit a suicide

tcr! · Aug 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm

easiest way to commit a suicide

I don’t remember what “easy way” I was searching for 1:17am last Saturday but the second result suggestion made me stop and hmm… 🤔

While reviewing with Sara last night, she pointed out that it’s “commit a suicide” which peaked my curiosity even more. Maybe you get to do more than one.

Further wondering: are these auto-suggests time sensitive? So at 1:17am you get the “commit suicide” tips and then at 7:11am you get the “cook bacon” variety?

Final wondering: do they offer the “lose weight” as the third choice to give me a nudge that if I wasn’t so fat I wouldn’t be thinking of killing myself.

#searchresults #machinelearning

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Swiss couple missing found frozen

tcr! · Jul 19, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Swiss couple missing found frozen

Swiss Couple Missing For 75 Years Found Frozen On Glacier

The remains of a Swiss couple who went missing 75 years ago have been found “perfectly preserved” on a glacier in the Alps, according to local media reports.

I saw this on Facebook. Their photos algorithm might need tuning. 🤔

#facebook #machinelearning

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