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Alexa: turn the living room light to full brightness

"There is more than one device called Living Room".

Alexa: TURN THE LIVING ROOM LIGHT TO FULL BRIGHTNESS

"Ok" ( does nothing )

Alexa: TURN THE LIVING ROOM LIGHT TO FULL BRIGHTNESS

"Ok" ( turns living room light to full brightness )

Can we sort basic interactions out first?

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In my house I teach the dimmer in a different way

I simply lean over and turn the knob left or right. Does exactly what I ask first time.

Is any of Alexa really AI or machine learning? Just a voice parser perhaps?

Is AI just another new way of IT bods making their job sound even more rarified and "hard" to ensure outsiders don't really know you just cut'n'paste text most of the time when not drinking coffee?

Will be interested to see what comes out though.

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Re: In my house I teach the dimmer in a different way

My understanding is that some language processing is what you'd call machine learning, but I don't know.

The 'turn the lights on' / 'turn on ^colour scheme^ in ^room^' is great when it works. As is turning the bedroom light down, then off from in bed.

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Re: In my house I teach the dimmer in a different way

A tad cynical, but I know what you mean. I've thought the same but recently I started to learn "machine learning" and have applied to go and do a degree in Computer Science (haven't been accepted yet).

Obviously I haven't got very far down the machine learning route yet, but the simple examples that you start with don't appear to offer any better way of solving the problem than a standard algorithm, but I am well aware that I am simply not far enough down the road to understand it all yet.

How ever, with AI, I am getting off my bum and finding out what all the fuss is about...I just haven't found anything yet, so, so far it is just a new sales buzz word and a new sector to baffle other people in, just like "cloud storage" used to be Samba, NAS, FTP etc.

It may simply be that machine learning is a far superior method than what has gone before, but no one has mastered it yet.

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Re: In my house I teach the dimmer in a different way

If you ever make it in this field, could you improve voice recognition to the point that we don't have to shout at Alexa/Google's thing/Siri like it's Johnny Foreigner? Thanks in advance.

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Alexa unexpected and unwarranted bursts of Creepy Laughter

Amazon working to fix Alexa after users report random burst of 'creepy' laughter.

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Re: Alexa unexpected and unwarranted bursts of Creepy Laughter

I'd seen reports of that, and wondered if it was a case of someone uncovering a flaw and exploiting it in an amusing way to make a point. But from that article:

'The company suggested in an email that the laughs had occurred “in rare circumstances” because the speaker was picking up a “false positive” for the command “Alexa, laugh”. '

How disappointing.

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Glossary

AI = pattern matching

Data Mining = Query

Big Data = Unreliable data

Data Lake = Randomly collected stuff

Machine Learning = pattern matching & can remember new patterns

Computer says no = AI

I'll be happier when these people find a way of predicting mistakes in decisions or data and ask for help. "Know your limits" needs to apply to systems (and their purchasers") too.

I'll get my coat...

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