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Response to Quackers (Reply #16)

Wed Nov 20, 2019, 01:04 PM

17. Some humans listen to some things. The percentage that is heard by

human ears is so low, though, it's insignificant. People are very expensive and very, very slow. Data algorithms are cheap and fast.

I'm betting the excerpts that are listened to by humans are not attached to any identifying information. Instead, they're used to develop better algorithms. They don't give a damn what people are saying, except to make Google, Siri, and Alexa function better so they can sell more of them.

Here's what probably happens: The AI system chokes on something and can't react in an intelligent way, so that exchange is flagged and stored for human analysis. The question is: How should Alexa or Siri react in this situation? What needs to be changed in the algorithms?

I stumped Alexa yesterday, just playing around with the Echo. I asked, "What is the wavelength of a 7 megahertz radio signal?" It was a question for which I wanted an answer. Alexa said, "I don't know that." That was an unsatisfactory response. The Alexa system could not process my question.

It's likely that the Alexa system pulled my question into the human queue, where someone will eventually look at it and come up with a better response for that and related questions. It's simple. There are calculators for that on the internet. The question simply needs to be parsed and the number for the frequency entered into such a calculator. The only words from the question that are needed are wavelength, 7, and megahertz. Then Alexa can read the result to me. Or even simpler, the frequency I gave could simply be presented to a simple math formula and the result read to me. That would be faster.


So, I said "Hey, Google!" to my Android phone, and asked the same question. Cleverly, Google sent me to a wavelength/frequency calculator. It inserted the frequency and the answer was on my display. Google got it right.

My wife's iPhone wasn't available, so I didn't test Siri with the question.

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