Cast Iron wrote:
Terp, I know you were addressing CI, but I’m confused by your post…
Were you saying you don’t think this is possible or just mentioning a joke?….(I do know the Dr.Demento reference…lol…Loved those)
I read it as a joke.
Dr1ven, can you expand on what you meant by Alexa has leaned in two years?
How much computing power does all the units have?
Do they act as a collective?
Sure thing….As best I can anyways…anyone please feel free to add in here….
So “Alexa’ or “The Amazon Echo” is a device that connects wirelessly into your home and is “Always listening” for the “Wake word” which is “Alexa”….then you ask it anything to give you information or preform a task.
For example I can say “Alexa what movies are playing?” and she’ll automatically choose a theater near you, list movies and show times that their playing….An example of the AI improvements over time is she(yes, talk about her as if she is a real person now…At some point it went from “It’ to “her”….weird how you become conditioned) would need and additional prompt to ask for a specific theater vs. now just saying “Alexa, where else is it playing?” and she’d tell you the show times for whatever movie she was just referencing at the next closest theater without specifics being needed in the command….
That is like the smallest example of it I can give…..The AI that Amazon runs is the smartest and fastest growing out there that I’m aware of in the consumer market……Alexa learns and preforms better over time thru collective information from all over the world….Her responses and intuitive nature to correctly identify what you’re asking has grown by leaps and bounds…..Where you use to have to say “Alexa what time is it?” you can now say “Alexa am I running late?” and she will tell you the time, your next appointment, and the time of travel to get there with real-time traffic reports all linked together using secondary applications made to do certain task together like with the “IFTTT” software(IF That Then This)…. The applications are unlimited. you can design your own rules or just add one someone has already created. https://ifttt.com/amazon_alexa
All of this is constantly growing…Imagine all the households experimenting on this, gathering the info, grinding it, refining her intuitive nature every hour of every day……It’s mind boggling really.
There are the “Dots” that amazon has come out with to have a receiver and speaker with access to the echo brain in every room if you want for VERY cheap….Small unobtrusive units that do most of what the full Echo does without the upgraded speakers…..This is a VERY smart move on amazons part as this will refine her knowledge and grow the AI being in more and more households at an affordable price.
If I’m in my hallway between 2 rooms with alexa in them both and I say “alexa…..”…..Both units light up but she determines thru spatial recognition what unit I’m closest to and then shuts down all but the closest unit listening for the command.
With it basically being an open platform design, more and more programmers can make their products work in tandem with alexa or make alexa smarter.
an example of the hindrances of a non-open platform and how it retards learning is the IPhone Vs. android…..Yes before “Siri” could I could ask Google “how old is the president?” and get the correct answer but then immediately without identifying anything else id ask “who is he married to?” and get “Michelle Obama” as the answer…..for YEARS, asking the 2nd question to the IPhone and it would not be able to answer or understand the question…..They have sense caught up but their Closed platform is ALWAYS keeping the behind any new upgrades in the Android devices….
an example of this is when I first got Alexa, I couldn’t control the lights in any room…..Now there are like 4 LARGE manufactures that all offer different bulbs for all types of lights, appliances, power outlets, alarm systems, etc that I can just say something like “Alexa turn off all lights.” or “Alexa I’m home” and just my front room, entry and main hallway lights come on….
Google and Apple are working hard on AI at this point, but they are light years behind amazon Echo with the jumpstart they have……..
When it comes to the Military AI that there is now and where that’s gone/going…..oh boy.
The Singularity is upon us friends….it is just a matter of time now…..What happens after that epoch is anyone’s guess.
With Moore’s law showing the processor with not being able to defy nature and stopping growth of the amount of space for individual circuits by 2022 on a single processor, quantum computing and other advances are going to make that growth pattern obsolete….that march of growth will continue. EXPONENTIALLY…………..(short of full SHTF/Grid down of course. )