Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Alexa

Trelawnyd from Gop Hill yesterday

I have an Alexa
She doesn’t do a great deal as she’s in the bedroom, 
But she does tell me the time, wakes me up in the morning and plays me the radio station of my choice when I’m groggily getting ready for work.
It’s an easy job, all told.
Last night she went a bit off piste 
After I had asked her to set the alarm for 6 am
She cooed out an unexpected If you want any help to sleep just say goodnight
Of course I prompted with the suggested Goodnight 
And suddenly the room was filled with sounds from a tropical jungle evening
With chirping cicadas and rhythmic insect calls
Gently Alexa called out Goodnight John 
John! JOHN! ??

I never recall saying my name was john 
Spooky !

60 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:30 am

    Yikes! Rather forward and familiar. Better be careful lest Alexa will be taking a poo on the carpet.

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  2. Big Sister is watching

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  3. How are the dogs adjusting to the sound of an unfamiliar female in the house?

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  4. Definitely scary - and part of the reason we haven't invited her into our home. I like her bed time music though.

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  5. Alexa is an interesting lady, uh computer??? It's funny, I was going to write a post about her as we were just given Alexa from our son. There is a learning curve but she can do some amazing things! If you use Google calendar she can update you on your schedule and appointments.

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    1. PS
      If she asks if you want to hear her sing a song I would say no. Just my opinion, of course!

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  6. Ha ha, she knows everything about you!

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  7. She listens to your conversations too I am told! I won't have one ever... I talk shite at the best of time and don't want a computer to correct me lol.

    Jo in Auckland

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  8. I haven't met Alexa yet but thanks for the warning don't tell her all your secrets.

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  9. Did you start work extra early today?

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  10. We were also worried about the evesdropping but the latest Echo Dot has a microphone off button so you can talk in private.

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  11. Ooh, my Alexa has never done that! I want chirping cicadas in the bedroom.

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    1. Why? What's wrong with Paul's snoring?

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  12. Sounds like an exorcism could be in order.

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  13. We get ours to sing 'The Doggy Song' once a week for Mavis. Oh and she tells the worst jokes 😂🤣

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    1. I asked my Alexa 'Who am I?' and she responded 'Sue is speaking, you are in Sue's account'. You never know that might come in handy one day in a few years (or months!!).

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  14. Anonymous7:40 am

    Has it got a microphone "off" button? Otherwise all your conversations in your house are being recorded. Yes there's someone out there listening to everything you say. Scary but true. Also linked to any other devices.

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  15. I would be back to sleep and late for work, she wouldn't have to ask me twice. Dangerous; in more ways than one. Stick to the radio alarm and only have people you invite in your bedroom!...John.

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  16. I would think that sexy Alexa voice cooing good-night John would keep you awake all night. Friends have had Alexa for years in their completely wired house. They recently hired a housekeeper whose name is Alexa. It's been comical.

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  17. Alexa has joined our household and we are just getting used to her presence. I shall ask her to tell a joke later !

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    1. Ask her to 'talk Klingon' ... that'll make you jump Penny ;-)

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  18. She'll start calling you Hal..... Hal what you doing Hal.

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  19. Anonymous9:09 am

    I know that l would take a club hammer to one of these things should it find its way into my home.
    I am a 'Luddite'loud and proud!
    Tess xx

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  20. I love Alexa, except when husband chops changes the news feed from BBC news to Sky Sports.x

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  21. Take care. While you are sleeping, Alexa might slip under the covers to "re-educate" you.

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  22. That would scare the hell out of me.

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  23. "Alexa. Talk dirty". I suppose you know that all your traits, habits and preferences are being gathered by Alexa for future commercial applications? Of course she knows your name.

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    1. I love Lisa Tarbuck on her radio show
      Sawhorses shouts “ Alexa Ring the POLICE!”

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    2. Yes, I remember that. Funny.

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  24. I just did the same. She said "Good night. I'll talk to you tomorrow." I wonder what happens if I as for relaxing beach sounds.

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  25. There is a new TV series about to start over here called "NEXT" and it's about AI gone rogue - and the previews seem to show it starting with an "Alexa" type device that starts to take over people's lives!

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  26. I’m with you there John. In Australia our device is ‘OK Google’ and our lovely lady says Goodnight Marilyn’. My poor husband Trevor never gets a mention and he feels left out. Just saying ....

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  27. Linked to your Amazon account, and Amazon knows your name, your shoe size, what you have been reading and listening to. The CIA (MI5/6)could only dream of knowing this much about you ten years ago. Alexa is in my Kitchen, she hears less embarrassing things there, Amazon does keep suggesting cook books - maybe she is trying to tell me something?

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  28. No we are not alone....

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  29. I'm sure Amazon knows exactly what your name is -- and many other things too. I like the idea of falling asleep to insect sounds. LOVE the photo of Dorothy!

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  30. My Retired Man and I have had many conversations while Alexa was in the room. Within hours we get e-mai or FB adverts related to what we talked about. She is always listening, unless you turn her off (but is she really gone?) and when she isn’t, Siri is.

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  31. nice pix of dorothy and the little village. bucolic.

    I don't have one of those "smart speakers"; too damn invasive.

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  32. That's "Sir John," thank you very much!

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  33. We just have to open a window to hear the serenade of the cicadas and tree frogs at night.
    No Alexa at my house, but I'm convinced the smart tv collects just the same amount of chatter.
    ~Jo

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    1. Your husband doesn't need an Alexa because he's got a Jo. Jo - What time is it? Jo - Where did you hide the TV remote? Jo - What is the meaning of life?

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    2. Lol.., have you been listening YP :)

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  34. Take heart from the fact that our new electronic masters appear to like you...

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  35. Barbara Anne4:32 pm

    Yikes! Alexa saying your name reminds me of the scary computer (Hal 5000) in "2001, a Space Odessy". When astronaut Dave told Hal to open the pod bay doors, Hal replied in a sweetly sinister soft voice, "I'm sorry, Dave, I cannot do that." Beware, John!

    Hugs!

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  36. When I saw the dog and the "Alexa" header I thought you were adopting a new bulldog!
    Maybe rain sounds would help you sleep better than insects?

    lizzy

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  37. I like Alexa-I would find her very reassuring.She may have been listening to your phone calls or messages-but I don't know.Perhaps you could ask her how she knows your name and ask what other information she knows of you.I think I may get one sometime-a man one x

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  38. Like \lizzy above, when I saw your heading and then a bulldog I immediately thought - oh no, the mad fool has fallen for another bulldog.

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  39. The all knowing Alexa.........she mostly says to me 'sorry, I don't know the answer to that one'!

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  40. Be afraid...very afraid!
    xx

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  41. All knowing Alexa! I am hearing Amazon is going to deliver packages by drone. Artificial intelligence is taking over.

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  42. I refuse to have one in the house. Nope, never, it's like inviting a spy into your home.

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  43. Too invasive for me.

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  44. It's a little scary to think of all the personal data that's being harvested by all these online sites and organisations. But then again, it's never caused me any problems so does it really matter?

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  45. Those things are a hazard! My daughter and her husband have one. One day they were talking about getting a pizza and then an ad for a local pizza shop popped up on their phones. Creepy!

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  46. I just tried my Alexa to say fuck, was unsuccessful.

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  47. Ive always wondered if Alexa was a spying device? I don't own one lol

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