Alexa, Siri, and Google Do not Understand a Word You Say
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Voice assistants do not understand you. Not really, anyway. When you speak to a Google Home or Amazon Echo, it essentially converts your words to a text string and then compares that to expected commands. If it finds an exact match, then it follows a set of instructions. If it does not, it looks as if it does not have anything to do with it
It can not be used in the context of the best guess. It is not hard to make up voice assistants either. While you can ask Alexa "Do you work for the NSA?" And get to answer, if you ask "Are you secretly part of the NSA?" You get to "I do not know that one" response (at least at the time of this writing).
Humans, who genuinely understand speech, do not work like this. Suppose you ask a human, "What is that clearvain in the sky? Red, orange, yellow and blue. "Despite being a made-up word, the person you asked could probably figure out from the context that you are describing a rainbow.
While you could argue that it is a human being, it can be used to understand and to understand. If you ask a human if they are secretly working for the NSA, they'll give you a yes or no answer. A human would not say "I do not know that one".
Voice Assistants Can not Go Beyond Their Programming
Voice assistants are largely limited to programmed parameters, and wandering outside of them will break the process. That fact shows when third-party devices come in to play. Usually, the command to interact with those is very unintelligible, "to give an example of the optional equipment." At exact example would be: "Tell Whirlpool to break the dryer." For an even harder to remember example, the Geneva Alexa skill controls some GE ovens. A user of the skill needs to remember to "tell Geneva" not "tell GE" then the rest of the command. And while you can ask to check the oven at 350 degrees, you can not follow up with a request to increase the temperature by another 50 degrees. A human could follow these requests though.
Amazon and Google have worked very hard to overcome these obstacles, and it shows. Instead of "lock the front door" instead. Alexa used to be confused with "tell me a dog joke," but ask for one today, and it will work. They have added to the commands you use, but you still have the right command to say.
Command line is narrowly defined to perform simple tasks, but only if you know the proper syntax. If you slip out of that correct syntax and type dyr instead of you, then the prompt command will give you an error message. You can use aliases for easier to remember commands, but you can get an idea of what the original commands were, how they work, and how to use aliases efficiently.
Voice assistants are no different. You need to know the correct way to say. Google and Alexa, why grouping your devices is essential, and how to name your smart devices. If you do not need the necessary steps, you'll feel the frustration of asking, "which study" should be turned off.
syntax in the right order, the process may fail. Either with the wrong response issued or a surprising result.
In the above example, the command "Set a timer for a half hour "is given. The Google Home hub created a timer called "Hour" and then asked for it. And yet repeating a 30-minute timer. Using the command "Set a timer for 30 minutes" on a more consistent basis.
The Narrow Understanding Voice Assistants Will Limit Growth
This assistant voice works well (although Cortana is a different story). Declined, but not surprisingly. Google is looking for answers and simple math. With a correctly set up smart home and well-trained user, most smart home commands will work as intended. But this came through work and effort, not intellectual understanding.
Timers and alarms used to be simplistic. Over time naming was added, then the ability to add time to a timer. They moved from simplistic to more complicated. Voice assistants can answer questions, and each day brings new skills and features.
And none of that provides the inherent capability to use what is known to reach the unknown. For every command and question that does work, there will always be three that do not. Without a breakthrough in A.I. They are just voice command lines-useful in the right scenario but limited to those scenarios.
In other words: machines are learning things, but can not understand them.
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