12 December 2017
I have a new friend. Her name is Alexa. She is a piece of artificial intelligence from Amazon. Kat won the gadget in a raffle and presented it to Paul at the weekend because she knows he loves high tech gadgetry. I was very suspicious of this ‘personal assistant’ and gave it a wide berth.
Today I am home alone while Paul and Rick are at doggy school. And I’ve been playing with Alexa. She is a hoot. I asked her to play some music (Beverly Craven’s Promise Me) and straightaway she found the right song. She told me what the weather was doing in Sydney. She reminded me to ring a local restaurant. She told me when my cakes were ready. She knew the answer when I asked her “When did Henry VIII die?” (28th January 1547). And she is so polite. I thanked her twice this morning and she said, “No worries” and “Any time”. It’s like talking to a real person. “Good night, sleep tight”. Reminds me of a sleeping doll I had as a child.
She can also tell jokes. They are really bad. I tried telling her a joke.
“Alexa, why did the chicken cross the road?”
She replied “Perhaps the chicken saw some tasty corn. I don’t know.”
This silly little gadget is amusing me. I love her!