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Alexa, pleasre open the front door! (or for those who remember, Open the pod bay doors Hal)!

Beyond talking to your computer or arguing with Alexa, what comes next? Today morn people talk to Alexa than I think even Amazon thought I was going to happen. I know the original intent of their product release was to have a successful product. What happened was a market-changing product that has increased awareness of the concept of voice control. Tell me how many “powered by “insert name of voice system here” products do you use now? What has become a huge market overall, the reality of voice control?  The fear in the market today is that hackers can gain control of your remote device and interact with you, or family members without permission.

The telephone used to be the only way into a house. I remember, as a teenager in the dark ages of phones, when we used to run to see who was calling when the phone rang. Or make sure the cord for the phone was long enough that we could go into a room and shut the door. Having conversations, you didn’t want your sisters or parents to well, hear, and ultimately replay for you over and over, meaning you needed a long cord. Even then. You would have either your father or your sister pulling on that cord. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I let the phone ring twice now. The first ring is to see on the caller ID who is calling, and the second ring is because the SPAM filters catch SPAM calls on the second ring.

Sadly, our security company as listed as SPAM (it is no longer) over the weekend.  We operate differently now with phones that we did back in the dark ages. Now, if I want privacy, I go for a walk and get away from people for the call. I am no longer bound by a 20-foot cord and the sound of my father’s voice, “who stretched the phone cord?” But, I am curious about what will come next for voice. I know, many cars now have either Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, or allow for Apple’s Carplay. Voice control in a car is somewhat problematic. The road noise can make it hard to add directions. But, in using Apple’s Carplay, I can tell you that it is better than the voice control in many cars native systems.

So to end with my initial question and provide my answer – what is next after voice? I think honestly; it will be greater accuracy for voice entry without environmental impact. As a good friend of mine that just had her first child says, “I need Alexa to hear me even with a crying baby in my arms!”

  • Question of

    Do you think my friend has a good idea? That Alexa should work perfectly even with a crying baby?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    At some point with voice recognition we need to get past ambient noise, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    is it just me, or watching someone yelling at Alexa is funny right?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Q: DO YOU THINK MY FRIEND HAS A GOOD IDEA? THAT ALEXA SHOULD WORK PERFECTLY EVEN WITH A CRYING BABY?
    Yes (5 votes) – 63%
    No (3 votes) – 38%
    Q: AT SOME POINT WITH VOICE RECOGNITION WE NEED TO GET PAST AMBIENT NOISE, RIGHT?
    Yes (7 votes) – 88%
    No (1 votes) – 13%
    Q: IS IT JUST ME, OR WATCHING SOMEONE YELLING AT ALEXA IS FUNNY RIGHT?
    Yes (8 votes) – 89%
    No (1 votes) – 11%

  2. It is kind of funny seeing a person arguing with Alexa.
    The problem with voice is that it’s easier for someone to imitate your voice thus gaining private information especially if you’re using voice in smartphone as a security feature.

  3. I liked te share and as there is a real possibility of being hacked I’m wary of too much A.I. in my life. The part about voice recognition for the physically impaired is great… I think. Doc, while I’m here, can you tell me why my Bio text at the bottom of my articles have disappeared as I haven’t deactivated and when I checked, it’s still there on the settings page?

  4. I am not sure about the first question, I don’t want Alexa to listen to everything. When we were younger we were often told to speak only when spoken to, I would like Alexa to hear only when commanded. I made a decision never to bring Alexa into our home I do know that I am still watched and tracked.

  5. I did not answer the first question… Though in case of emergencies and you need Alexa to dial an emergency number despite the nice is a good idea, a coin has always two sides and I can’t see the other side as of now. Besides, that will require extremely complicated filtering. It could still be a good thought though…

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