Mrs. Wife got a credit card form our bank. After spending US$500 we got US$300 "cash back" and both an Amazon Dot and Echo. Got rid of both, still shrink-wrapped. (the Dot was donated, made into the prize for a drawing, and made US$150 for charity - best thing it will ever do as it lacks a self-destruct button).
Once - in a home with an Alexa, I exclaimed "Alexa, Please Die" - try it. Frequently.
We are so boring though we put the mother ship to sleep.
WE are the same way.
And they're terribly helpful...even if you don't trust them.
Ok, Google, what's the weather?
Ok, Google, what time is it?
Ok, Google, set a timer for 15 minutes (hands-free cooking timer).
Ok, Google, what does the word obsequious* mean?
This is all life-transforming stuff I can't live without now.
*Did you just try that one out to see what obsequious means? Yeah, I got you.
I use them for music and for weather, trivial fact searching, etc. and only in my home office.
I don't usually say anything in my home office that, if it made it to the "outside" world, would be incriminating to me, so I am not worried about that.
However, I have heard horror stories of these types of devices calling 911, etc. on the owners, and other similar oddities.
I use the Google Home Mini[^] That's what she said! and it is voice command activated with key word ( I think they all are), so I have to say "Hey Google" before I can give it commands, but how do I know that it is not storing other things since it is always listening for "Hey Google" command?
Anyhow, I voted: Mostly. I may use them only in non-sensitive scenarios.
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
I have heard claimed that first time Microsoft made a public demo of their voice recognition software, back in the old DOS days (or at least in a command window - command line input is more suitable for voice recognition than GUI input!), the presenter booted up the machine before the audience. Then one guy in the audience rose up and said in a clear voice "Format c colon", and another one stood up to answer the confirmation question with a "Yes". And it worked.
This little prank may have been arranged by Microsoft themselves.
Or it may be an urban myth.
If it isn't true, it sure is a d*** good lie
(If anyone can positively confirm that the story is true, please tell us! If you know for sure that it is not, don't tell, but let us have the joy of knowing that it possibly might be true...)
No worries about Cortana. It never seems to hear me.
Can't get any sense out of Google's effort.
Siri makes me laugh sometimes because it gets everything wrong.
Alexa is switched off most of the time because my wife is scared of it.
My old Nokia N95 still lets me call people by talking to it. That's brilliant!
We're philosophical about power outages here. A.C. come, A.C. go.
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