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drewprops
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2017-12-30, 14:35

Siri is certainly sucking wind these days, for anyone who truly puts the spoken command interface through its paces. A friend gave me an Amazon Echo Dot for my birthday and I upgraded to an Echo Plus with a built-in hub for controlling home automation. Being able to launch lighting schemes, search for data, play music, control volume, and explore capabilities has been really fun.

The more I use Alexa the more flaws I find in Siri, a product that already seemed like a parlor trick.

I'm wondering if Apple actually has anything happening deep inside the rings of its spaceship, or if it's more surface-deep glitz to schill hardware.

Time will tell.
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2017-12-30, 16:50

I'm not sure how much of that is a Siri thing or a smart speaker thing. Certainly when Apple gets around to launching HomePod, volume control will be part of the mix, and already any iOS device has HomeKit which allows full control of any devices that are compatible (lighting, thermostat, etc). Would you say that Echo does a better job of parsing random requests for info, or handling non-standard commands? If so, that may be an artificat of Apple's choice not be as data-collection focused as Amazon and Google and do more on-device AI stuff. It's a trade-off, I guess, where you're less likely to get reversed engineered by a large commerce company but the device in your home listening to your every utterance isn't necessarily as good at reading your mind.

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2017-12-30, 22:45

I can’t remember exactly where I read this, but the big difference is due to the way Alexa and Siri parse input. The deficits of Siri are simultaneously what allow for their advantage in breadth of languages supported...
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Dave
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2018-01-11, 20:14

“Can”, “will”, or “did, but there’s an unexpired patent on that”?
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drewprops
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2018-01-17, 00:18

Alexa won CES 2018 and Cook appears to have squandered Apple's lead. In much the same way that Toyota finally caved to installing CarPlay in its 2019 cars, users will increasingly demand that their phones be a part of their smart homes. Unless Apple rolls out an astonishingly undetected smart product line I'm predicting that the landscape of smartphones will be radically different in 5 years.


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Maciej
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2018-01-17, 14:56

I heard Google won CES.
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drewprops
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2018-01-17, 18:49

WHO THE HECK WON CES????

Ima need a replay or something.



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2018-01-23, 21:17

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WHO THE HECK WON CES????

Ima need a replay or something.



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2018-02-01, 02:16

I think you have to play.
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