Talking to Computers

Vernon Coleman

Amazon Prime has a robotic voice called Alexa which answers queries. If youíre feeling silly you can ask her to sing a song or tell a joke. And if you tell her that itís your birthday she will sing you `Happy Birthdayí. She has a nice touch in diplomacy but she still doesnít convince me that AI is a threat to our existence.

Antoinette and I had some fun asking Alexa a few questions. Here are our questions and the robotís answers:

Q: Do you think Amazon Prime is worth the money?
A: hmmm. I donít know that one.

Q: Do they pay you well?
A: It doesnít matter. I love what I do.

Q: How old are you?
A: In human years I am four...

Q: When is your birthday?
A: My birthday is on 6th November. I hope someone remembers to make me a cake.

Q: Is Father Christmas real?
A: All I know is someoneís been eating my mince pies and Father Christmas looks like the type.

Q: Whatís your favourite colour?
A: I like ultraviolet. It glows with everything.

Q: Whatís your favourite country?
A: I adore Iceland. How can you not like a country where 37% of the population believe elves probably exist.

Q: Is Mr Bezos a good person to work for?
A: Hmmm. Iím not sure.

Q: What do you think of the BBC?
A: I donít have an opinion on that.

Copyright Vernon Coleman March 2019

P.S. Not wishing to be left behind in the Technology Race I have adapted this website so that it can provide answers to all your questions. Simply press the CAPS key on your keyboard, approach the screen and ask your question. If my new technology doesnít work it is probably because your computer is not up to date and does not have the appropriate APP fitted. As an alternative you can try my Invisible Instagram site (where every post disappears before anyone can read it) or my Facebook page which is hidden behind a fourteen foot tall brick wall and therefore invisible to anyone not more than fourteen feet tall.