Siri, Alexa and Google Home Get Stuck In An Infinite Loop Conversation
One day, robotics systems and artificial intelligence will take over and freely converse with one another like C3PO and R2D2 in Star Wars. Until that time, we'll just have to make do with the talking robots we already have. Most prevalent are the personal assistants found on smart devices. This new wave of tech apps is a good representation how things will be in future. If you follow the news, you know that Amazon Alexa, Google or Siri are already taking the next step when it comes to a perennial 'talking' device.
If you don't know what's happening with virtual or digital assistants in 2018, let me catch you up to speed. This type of a gadget is meant to perform various services for people. In order for an assistant to work, you can input a text command (for an instant messaging app), use your voice or upload an image. Today, the market is dominated by Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa. While Google and Apple are focused on Android mobile devices, companies such as Microsoft and Alexa are mainly working on software for smart speakers.
Assistant can help a user with different tasks. You can use it to search for various data on the web, purchase products through a site, play music, watch videos, make a shopping list and so on. The way I see it, in the following years, the number of features is probably going to increase.
But what happens when these devices all talk to each other? YouTuber Dan Ludtke managed to set up an infinitely looping conversation between Alexa, Siri and Google Home. The video doesn't put you through the misery of an infinite livestream of the same conversation. After a couple minutes of sped up triggers, Ludkte takes mercy on viewers and walks them through the programming process. We can only imagine how much more fun this will be if Samsung's newly-released Bixby gets added to the mix.
It's not uncommon for these systems to be triggered by other voice technology and apps. Alexa users have frequently noted their devices being activated by Amazon Echo commercials. The company quickly adjusted the advertisements to make Alexa nonresponsive. Google Home users have reported similar issues, enough to make it a trending topic on Google's Q&A product page. Siri, which was made by Apple, still needs a physical touch to activate her 'conversations' on an iPhone. That's why Ludtke started with Siri.
Some viewers noted that Ludtke left out Cortana. The answer, as he explains on his blog, is simple: Cortana refused to listen to artificial voices.
For a full explanation of the setup, you can find Ludtke's process on his blog here.
Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Siri are just the beginning. Don't be surprised if, within a year or two, features of an ordinary personal assistant become so great they will start to read stories to little children, automatically play your favorite music or ask questions about life. You gotta say, this is much better than your traditional TV!
What is your favorite feature ? Are you ready for the next generation of devices?
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