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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Look at Amazon Echo as Assistant

Have much enjoyed the Amazon Echo's capabilities over the last year.  As the article suggest, it works well in unusual, sound challenging environments.  That is a plus.  It does quite well as an always-on attentive assistant.  But is it the best sound activated assistant?  My own observation to date is that it makes more semantic mistakes than the Apple Siri.  And usually it has to deal with shorter commands that drive a specific narrow context,  like music selection or appliance interaction.  It appears to be more trigger-word sensitive, so its actions can collapse due to any mis interpretation. Many of the skills seem to be 'state' driven, so again, if the state is not correctly determined, it fails.  It too often then must start again from the beginning. Responding to:   in Android Central. 

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