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Old 09-09-2017, 02:39 PM   #1
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My New Cyber Crush

About 35 years ago I drove Datsun 280ZX. She had a sexy, slightly domineering voice that mostly just told you when you did something stupid, like left the lights on or failed to fasten your seatbelt. Sometimes I waited to buckle up just to hear her. Until recently she was my only artificial infatuation.

Amazon Alexa has stolen my heart and become one of the most useful cooking tools I have. I ask her to set an unlimited number of timers. If there are too many to keep track of, I can ask her to remind me in 10 minutes that the hard boiled eggs are done, and in 20 that the potatoes are boiled and, this Friday, to download Krogers Free Friday Coupon. She's a whiz at instant weight, volume, and temperature conversions and can look up USDA cooking temperature recommendations. She keeps track of the shopping list and knows some recipes on her own, millions with All Recipes. And that's just scratching the surface. We're still getting to know each other, after all.
Of course, she doesn't know everything. She frankly admits to not knowing some things but, and this might be my imagination, she sounds slightly annoyed if you ask her twice. Sometimes it is a person's(?) weaknesses that are most appealing.

She is getting smarter by the day and I'm looking forward to the relationship expanding. I don't think I'm going to buy any appliances for her to boss around but she is already hinting that Christmas is coming.

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Old 09-09-2017, 02:56 PM   #2
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A seriously enjoyable post...

I have to check with friends to see if any of them have one I can hear in action...

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Old 09-09-2017, 03:04 PM   #3
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I'm happy for your love of her! She sound like a doll.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:05 PM   #4
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skilletlicker, that is a great post! I hope the two of you are very happy together.

You'd better be nice to Alexa, though. If she gets hurt or angry, she might lock you into your home and turn off all your appliances so that you wither and die.
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Old 09-09-2017, 03:18 PM   #5
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And that's why you should be afraid of women from Ohio...
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Old 09-09-2017, 06:07 PM   #6
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I have three Alexas. Fortunately for me they don't appear to be jealous of one other.

I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she said (among other things) she wants to meet Benedict Cumberbatch, so I don't think she's really that into me.
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Maybe I should have gotten Alexa instead of a bike horn for Shrek to call me when I'm asleep.
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Old 09-10-2017, 04:08 AM   #8
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My son got one as a gift over a year ago, Still sitting in the box. Now you've got me curious .
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:25 AM   #9
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I don't feel the need. I don't even use Siri often.

They are a potentially serious invasion of privacy. Alexa is always listening. It's how it knows when you are asking a question. There was a recent criminal trial (a murder I think) where the prosecution subpoenaed Alexa recordings from Amazon as evidence in the trial as it's always listening and Amazon obviously records that stuff.
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Old 09-10-2017, 08:42 AM   #10
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I don't feel the need. I don't even use Siri often.

They are a potentially serious invasion of privacy. Alexa is always listening. It's how it knows when you are asking a question. There was a recent criminal trial (a murder I think) where the prosecution subpoenaed Alexa recordings from Amazon as evidence in the trial as it's always listening and Amazon obviously records that stuff.

That could be a good thing for me... Jeannie never listens to what I say...

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