Amazon Echo Alexa - what are your views on this?

Amazon Echo Alexa - what are your views on this?
Technology is making strides at a rapid pace regardless of whether the world needs those strides they make. Case in point is the Amazon Echo Alexa which serves as your personal assistant. You need to give it voice orders and it responds. There are pros and cons of owning this device. As for me I have no use for it. For example if you want Alexa to listen to your command to put off you lights you need to have special lights. This is just a tip of the ice berg.

What are your views?

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The way i see it it seems the disadvantage will be more than the advantage since like the light example requiring you to have special light before it obeys your coommand , so its a big minus.
Posted by babyright on 04-10-2018
I sometimes wonder how far technology will take us and what would be the consequences. As of now we have no privacy of any kind. Whatever we say about us the whole world gets to now about it and now with this gadget we do not have privacy even those in the real world will know what we are searching for or asking questions about
Posted by iamawriter on 04-14-2018
I am scared to think of the near future that technology will be taking care of us not in the positive way but in the negative way that we see in sci-fi movies. It looks like the control of technology is dawning on us and no one seems to notice because the conquest is gradual and subtle. But what if all the homes are computerized and there are no more locks because everything is taken care of technology, what will happen to us?
Posted by Corzhens on 12-12-2018
I believe that most times we don't need to magnified a disadvantage when the advantage of it outweigh it .The Amazon echo has more advantage than the disadvantage.
Posted by lovely on 04-14-2018
I agree with you. Anyway, it still depends on the person if he needs it or not. It would really be an advantage for the person who really needs it.
Posted by theresajane on 11-15-2018
I like it, I actually wanted to get one for the family for Christmas but unfortunately, they were out of stock on Amazon which was not great. They actually had a special offer for the Amazon Echo which is why they were out of stock and they would have only arrived in January, way past Christmas so I didn't purchase it in the end. I will eventually get one though, I love how useful they are around the house especially if you get things like smart lighting and heating etc.
Posted by kingcool52 on 04-10-2018
I am curious to know what plans you have to use this. And what benefit you will derive. Nothing like hearing from the horses mouth as they say. I have imagine owning one and already feel I will get bored with it after its newness vanishes. To be a personal assistant we have to make changes around too to suit for it to work
Posted by iamawriter on 04-14-2018
I have heard of Amazon Echo Alexa, however, I have never seen it for real and I do not know how it works. Having a device that responds to your comment can be a good way to organize your life, however, your home also needs to be technically upgraded. This will surely cost you a lot of money.
Posted by vinaya on 04-10-2018
You have hit the nail on the head in that our home also has to be technically upgraded and therefore I wonder if it is worth it. Also don't you think our privacy is also at risk as what we ask those around us will also come to know. It is also a deterrent for physical activity.
Posted by iamawriter on 04-14-2018
It's actually funny that this is going to be a kind of personal assistant for me. I don't really enjoy having such a device take up instructions from me no matter the situation that we have at hand. People should really see the need to have a good and better way of doing things and not the one where we try to have our whole life dependent on technology.
Posted by Barida on 04-10-2018
I am with you on this. As it is there is hardly any interaction with real people in our life as we are glued to the computer and busy interacting with our virtual contacts and this will be one more to keep us about from real human beings. It is really scary.
Posted by iamawriter on 04-14-2018
I think having Amazon echo alexa is a good one since one will.have artificial assistant to help in many ways which is always the sole aim of technology to make life less stressful and less difficult for man. So of course I will readily get one for assistant of the home if need be.
Posted by lovely on 04-10-2018
While on the one hand we are advised to move around and keep ourselves physically active Alexa will take that away from us. We will be just ordering and things will be done for us. I do not know how many times I get up to put the switches off and on and likewise there will be other activities too that I would be doing to keep myself active.
Posted by iamawriter on 04-14-2018
That occurred to me when I have watched the adverts for Alexa and others. How would it connect to the lights and everything else? Of course, it would need to be programmed first. It looks like fun but I can't see how it would really be of any profound benefit. I think it is just an expensive gadget and not something I would bother to get myself.
Posted by JMS on 04-11-2018
Those who truly benefit may be the loners. They could carry on a conversation with Alexa and work on the equipment around them to suit Alexa. Apart from that there could be some who would use it as a toy to have fun and amuse them selves a pretty expensive toy indeed.
Posted by iamawriter on 04-29-2018
I feel like this is only a luxury item for the rich and techy. All the things that the Alexa echo does can already be done via a smartphone or personal computer. I wouldn't buy this also because I don't have any use for it. This product is just Amazon saying it doesn't want to get left behind by Siri, Google Now, and Cortana.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-11-2018
Like your comment I think it is just for luxury purposes. And if I have to choose to use it or not, not to use it is what I will choose. It is not necessary to depend to much on technology.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-11-2018
I couldn't agree more. I believe Amazon would only like to get to the AI market and battle it out with the tech giants to imply that they can do it too. I guess the idea is really for those who have money to burn and are dependent on technology with their day to day lives ant not for the average joe.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-13-2018
I think voice activated or assisted systems like the Amazon Echo Alexa is a good innovation and a step forward in programmable voice assisted AI technology. It does have a niche following. But I for one has no use for it, since its an integrated technology, it has to be part of your home system, it's applicable to rich technovores.
Posted by Anonymous on 04-11-2018
All what it does is induces laziness as sitting where one is Alexa is ordered which is not a good thing. We are supposed to be mobile as far as possible which is kind f an exercise that help us maintain our health but this facility robs us of that.
Posted by iamawriter on 05-23-2018
The Amazon Echo Alexa is not for everyone, since it needs to be programmed and included in your home system, like lighting etc. So this means you have to have special lighting and other fixtures and it means you have to spend more on something that isn't really necessary. I think this is for rich people who love tech.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-11-2018
Can you imagine if it has the capability to record what is going on at the neighbours? The user merely has to order it and it will record and perhaps even send it off to whoever the user wants that be sent. Hopefully the manufacturers will see to this and do something about it.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-04-2018
Having a digital assistant like Alexa isn't something I've really been wanting, but it's a neat feature for sure. My roommate has an Amazon Alexa, and it wakes him up as an alarm clock every morning and then tells him the weather forecast for the day, which I think is really convenient. It's nice that it can control your games/television/electronics by voice command, which makes things more convenient too.

I know a lot of people are afraid that Alexa is listening all the time and recording the things they say and do, which makes it easier for "Big Brother" to spy on them, but I'm not sure about that. The thought of that doesn't necessarily bother me, but I understand why others would be concerned about that.
Posted by TheArticulate on 04-11-2018
I have said this before Such gadgets make us lazy not just physically but also mentally. It is like the calculator which has stopped us from doing easy calculations manually. I do not now what will become of us in course of time. I am not for this and I hope it will soon be pulled out from the market
Posted by iamawriter on 06-28-2018
I think alexa is not that bad but it is more or less waste of money. We don't need such automated bots keeping tab on our life. And that's surely some of the things that may affect our freedom. On that note I'd say that people should really be mindful of the such gadgets. Another thing is that you have to understand what may or may not work in that case.
Posted by overcast on 04-11-2018
I just read somewhere some guy has fallen in love with Alexa (lol) All kinds of conversations are possible with her and obviously if you start romancing she will respond.
Posted by iamawriter on 08-10-2018
I hate it when I see that this world will going to depend so much in technology. Like this thing, it is made by human and intend to make mistake, so we are not sure if the product will give us always the right output.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-11-2018
You are right about mistakes cropping up thus embarrassing those who use it. There was an error where message meant for the wife was sent to all and sundry. I also see it is not holistic in that it is not as exhaustive as google search.
Posted by iamawriter on 11-01-2018
I am not sure how it's developed and if it's convenient enough, but the whole idea is pretty cool even though we've had voice recognition software for quite some time, which hasn't been too effective in some cases, it's cool to be able to play music by just saying the name out loud, but I can see how it can be annoying.
Posted by manmad on 04-11-2018
It may be annoying for most people, I agree. It's also weird to use it, especially, if you can just do a task by yourself. But, some people may need it, like people with social cases. So it's still helpful.
Posted by theresajane on 11-15-2018
While Google Assistant (on Google Home) was able to answer 68.1% of the questions, Alexa answered only 20.7% of the questions. Siri came in second, accounting for 56.5% of the questions, and Cortana, third placed, answered only 21.7%. In the accuracy of the answers, though, Alexa did much better: it came in second with 87%, behind only Google Assistant, with 90.6%. Siri was third, with 81.9%, and Cortana was last, with 62.2%.

In short, it is possible to conclude that Alexa impresses on numbers, but not so much on quality. Obviously some tweaking can make it even more effective, especially when compared to its main competitors, so Amazon still has a lot of work to do.
Posted by hermessantos on 04-11-2018
A time will come when users will get bored with this system. One has to tune up these devices which again an effort that needs to be put in. There is also the question of privacy specially where there are kids around. Not everything that one hears is meant for kids.
Posted by iamawriter on 11-01-2018
I think Amazon alexa is a good piece of technology for those who want it in their lives. If you're not the tech type of find devices like this a bit creepy and overbearing, you probably will hate this thing if a friend or relative owns one.
Posted by NickJ on 04-11-2018
I'm not surprised seeing such technology, the rate of advancement the world is witnessing today is above charts. I have seen some state of the art revelation when it comes to technology, so I'm not surprised seeing this but I'm also impressed.
Posted by Martinsx on 04-12-2018
To be quite honest, I feel that people are becoming way too obsessed and dependent on technology these days. I understand that technology can be beneficial in many ways, but there comes a point where a person forgets what it's like to be a normal human being. I mean, people are actually excited about the idea of turning themselves into cyborgs. This is already demonstrated by the fact that there are people out there who are legitimately, cripplingly addicted to their phones and computers. Products like Alexa are undoubtedly amazing advancements in technology, but I think they are both making people lazy and making them forget their humanity.
Posted by Denis_P on 04-12-2018
It may be entertaining somehow but I really find it useless. We should not depend on the technology as sometimes it goes wrong and it was not created perfect. God gave us hands and feet for us to do chores or work even from small things. Although it may be beneficial for us or it gives a lot of benefits in our world today but we must not forget that we still have hands to work on things even from the smallest thing.
Posted by nekonieden on 04-12-2018
These voice-based assistants are terrible for your privacy as everything you say near them has to be sent to a server for processing which makes the devices more of a target for hackers who would love to be able to hear everything you say. Just give it some time and some hacking group may find a vulnerability with the device and exploit it.
Posted by Gaince on 04-12-2018
I don't like it because I don't like talking all that much especially when I'm not in the mood. I find it way easier and a lot more accurate to press a button than to talk as a command and I feel like there's a bit of an unnatural tone to the talking when you are trying to command a computer. Of course I could probably get used to it but I just feel like I would more often than not prefer just pushing buttons instead of having to put in the effort to talk when I can.
Posted by Wubwub on 04-12-2018
First it was Siri of the iPhone as the digital assistant. And now we have the Amazon Echo Alexa. Is that digital assistant a prelude to the full technology that will be in our homes? The example was the switch of the light and it is clear that the lights cannot be turned off unless there is an electronic gadget attached to the switch or perhaps the switch is controlled by remote control. But for people who are loners and want company, that Alexa gadget seems to be a good one. At least you wouldn’t feel alone anytime since you have someone to talk to.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-13-2018
I find it annoying though. That they spy on our data in the name of the assistant. And they happen to capture a lot of data. And that data can be used to mine the person's way of thinking. And it can be really bad in many ways. And it is indeed what I have found out in that case.
Posted by overcast on 04-25-2018
Its a good innovation but it's specialized and only certain people in the tech niches could put it into good use, since it has to be programmed, it means one must buy other components like new lighting etc. I for one really has no use for it at the present.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-14-2018
Amazon Echo Alexa works with smart homes which means that if you're living in typical houses like most people around the world do, it isn't going to be of much use. Its other features aren't that interesting for me, either, because I rarely listen purposely to music and I can easily turn the news on with a touch of a button. It would be easier to use my hand than to speak to a device. This is specifically true at the end of the day when I'm too exhausted to speak.
Posted by chatbox on 04-14-2018
I think because of its advance features, you really need to have a smarthome to use it and that means money, it's too rich for my book. But techies and tech junkies would probably like it very much, since it'll be faster and cheaper to install and integrate it into a system than the conventional way.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-16-2018
It looked really cool on paper, but if you stopped to think about everything it needs, you'd realize it costs a lot of money. It can only interact with smart technology, even your lights need to be special to work with Alexa. Besides, I remember reading that it randomly laughed at night and that doesn't really sound good. Expensive and creepy? No thanks.
Posted by Tania997 on 04-20-2018
Echo Alexa is one of the gadgets that gives us a sign that 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) is coming to its start to become commercially available for all. I have a family member who frequently ask Alexa what the weather is and whenever she likes to Google something. She just have to connect Alexa through WiFi with an internet connection and ask everything. You have the information you want in an instance with Alexa which is great because you won't have to open up your laptop or smartphone and type whatever information you want to know.
Posted by Vinsanity on 05-01-2018
Personally I don't think it's a necessary gadget for me or my household. I think sometimes technology helps us, but other times all it helps with is encouraging us to be lazy! I wouldn't be paying money for something like this, I think we're just getting a little over the top with letting technology control every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it's nice to disconnect - I try to make a point of doing that every day.
Posted by amelia88 on 05-01-2018
I like the idea of a personal assistance. Is this some kind of artificial Intelligence? I don't understand it and I don't understand how it works. If you give it commands so what? I think all your devices in your house have to be connected to it. As you said you need to have some special lights if you want Alexa to switch them off. I wonder why it was released I think it was too early. I think the whole house has to be tailored to Alexa. I think a house has to be built with Alexa installed and connected to all the installations.e.g you can tell Alexa to close the door or turn off the water.
Posted by jaymish on 05-04-2018
I think it can be beneficial if you know what to do. But it's not without its limitations. So I guess time will tell how helpful this gadget really is.
Posted by Steve5 on 05-11-2018
I think this gadget is beneficial in some ways. They invented it and for sure it can help people. Time will come and majority of the people would notice this but it all depends on them if they wanted to purchase and use this kind of gadget.
Posted by mark86 on 09-16-2018
I don't have this kind of device but as I check how it works, I think this can be very useful for anyone. It's like your personal secretary that will help you do some small tasks like changing your lights, ask for the kind of weather, time, and play some music. It can make your life easier just by talking to your device.
Posted by superlicca on 10-05-2018
People are really getting lazy in my opinion. It's a step back to use this kind of technology in one's daily life. If you can just do the actions you want on your phone then you don't have to tell Alexa to do it for you. Like seriously, who uses Alexa to tell you the time and the weather? I could glance those information in my phone and it's free.
Posted by rlpzbeermoney on 10-09-2018
If I have to purchase special lights to even turn them off in Amazon Echo, I'll kindly pass on the idea. Plus, I'm a minimalist, so I want to have fewer gadgets as possible at home to save on costs and expenses. This device might be fun and beneficial for some, but not my cup of tea as I am not that lazy.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-13-2018
Well I couldn't really think of a use for this on the time being. I think these kind of gadgets would be more appropriate to those who could bother for the "extra-special gadgets" that comes along with this--device. But as for me, I think I do not have use for this as well. At least for the moment.
Posted by emiaj55 on 11-01-2018
I think it's kind of weird for me to have an assistant like this. I mean, I'm not that type of person who is so busy that my only option is to talk to the device to ask for something immediately. I mean, I'm not like Tony Stark. But, it would be a pleasure to experience it in just a day. Let's see if it'll change my mind.
Posted by theresajane on 11-13-2018
Amazon Alexa is an artificial intelligence voice-operated software program that is well matched with Amazon's multi-functional audio system Echo/Echo dot. Its invention and implementation is geared toward integrating home automation in our every day lives.
Posted by jetselle on 11-16-2018