No joke: Robots struggle to understand humor

Alexa and Siri may tell jokes mined from a humor database, but they just don’t get them. Understanding humor may be one of the last things that separates humans from ever-smarter machines, computer scientists and linguists say. (April 1)

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Amazon unveils microwave, clock, smart plug-in

(21 Sep 2018) Amazon unveiled a bevy of new products connected to its flagship voice assistant Alexa, including a microwave, a clock and a smart plug-in (Sept. 20)

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New Version of Alexa Gives Kid-Friendly Answers

(22 Aug 2018) A new version of Alexa won’t tell kids where babies come from, spill the beans about Santa, or explain some things they might have heard on the news _ like what Stormy Daniels does for a living. (Aug. 22)

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Alexa: Do You Fear A Robot Will Take Your Job?

(8 Aug 2018) A growing number of tech companies are counting on people being willing to socialize with robots in their homes, like Vector a personal robot that goes on sale this week. (Aug. 8)

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Keiser Report: Hidden Commands (E1231)

Max and Stacy discuss the bitcoin miner going old school public on a meatspace exchange in Hong Kong. They also talk about the hidden commands only Alexa and Siri can hear. In the second half, Max interviews Eyal Hertzog of bancor.network, the most liquid decentralized cryptocurrency exchange in the world. They discuss market making and liquidity in the crypto markets.

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Voice sniffing or eavesdropping? Amazon’s Alexa security remains a controversy

Amazon has filed a patent for so-called ‘voice-sniffing’ for its Alexa virtual assistant. But it’s raising fears that the service will eavesdrop on people’s conversations. The device can react when it hears ‘trigger words’ in its owner’s conversations. With this information, Alexa can determine a person’s likes and dislikes to then recommend products. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8rwl

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Why is Alexa AI randomly laughing at users?

As Artificial Intelligence improves, so too do voice-operated electronic assistants like Siri or Alexa. But they are also getting a bit more creepy – with reports of them laughing randomly at their users.

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Scott Galloway Predicts Who Amazon Should Acquire Next

Amazon purchased Whole Foods a little less than four months ago. Whole Foods products are already appearing on Amazon, and Alexa devices have made it to the shelves of Whole Foods.

With this just the latest in a long list of companies Amazon has acquired, we were wondering who would be next. To answer that question we brought in Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at NYU Stern School of Business and the author of the new book, “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.” The following is a transcript of the video.

Scott Galloway: Next acquisition for Amazon would be Nordstrom. I think the most logical, or strategically rational, acquisition for Amazon would be Nordstrom.

Amazon now has a license to get into the wealthiest refrigerators in the nation. And they are targeting the wealthy with their acquisition of Whole Foods, but they still don’t have license or permission to get into our closets because the aspirational beauty and fashion brands don’t want to distribute through Amazon; however, buying Nordstrom would get them those relationships overnight.

Nordstrom is an exceptionally well-run company. They’re in Seattle. This thing just fits kind of hand-and-glove; however, there’s an X factor here. And the X factor is that Nordstrom is family controlled, meaning the decisions are made around the Thanksgiving dinner table as opposed to its shareholder meeting. So we’ll see.

But likely the acquisitions that’ll take place will be little unknown companies that help fill out, or fill in, some holes in their fulfillment network. But you can also see the company going after some niche cable networks, maybe an AMC or a Scripps, as they realize original content creates intensity across those 60% of US households that are now Prime members by going in and picking up some cable broadcast companies.

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