I Thought I Was in the Minority on This Issue, But Apparently Not

"Alexa. What's 50 factorial?" "Alexa. Let's Play Jeopardy." "Alexa. Sing Happy Birthday to me." "Alexa. Tell Me a Joke." "Alexa. Play Bruce Springsteen." Those are among the many commands I have issued to my Amazon Echo device over the past few years. The device answers promptly, and correctly. It's one of the reasons I enjoy … Continue reading I Thought I Was in the Minority on This Issue, But Apparently Not

This Polly Wants Way More Than a Cracker

Apparently, Amazon's Alexa is so easy to use, even a parrot can use it. Rocco, an African grey parrot, was caught using the virtual assistant to play his favorite music, tell jokes and even order snacks, The Times of London reports. Unfortunately for Rocco, its owner had put parental controls on Alexa, and none of … Continue reading This Polly Wants Way More Than a Cracker

Is Your Streaming Music Playlist Guilty of Recency Bias?

It's Advertising Week in New York City (hopefully you were aware of that, otherwise you'd have to wonder about the advertising capability of the people running the conference.) Anyway, one of the panel sessions was "Driving the Future of Voice Activation" and one of the panel members,¬†Barrak Moffitt, executive VP of content strategies and partnerships … Continue reading Is Your Streaming Music Playlist Guilty of Recency Bias?