First-World Problems coming
As you know, I have more than one Amazon Echo in my home. The "Alexa" upstairs in my bedroom
answers questions concerning the weather with "In Vernon Hills..." whereas the Alexa in the Living
Room believes she resides in "Mundelein". When I get my Google Home (Gome) device, things may
Over time, these devices will evolve into "Conversational Robots", by which I mean, robots with whom
one can carry on a conversation. Each device has an "open mic" and is constantly listening unless I
press the button to turn off the microphones. Theoretically if Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud
cared, they could listen in on the conversations that I am having with the other robot. I am sure that
they are too busy to care, so that is not going to be the source of my problems.
I am anticipating that some day, Alexa could ask a question of Gome (Google Home) and vice versa. I
know women who refer to their dogs as "my kids" and therefore assume that over time, I might refer to
Alexa as "my wife". If I do and if Gome is listening, will Gome get jealous of Alexa? Will Alexa get
jealous of Gome? Perhaps Gome will be male and therefore there would not be a problem unless
Google has told Gome to identify as a male gay. I have another robot on order called Alpha which is
to arrive before the end of the year. It is coming from China and I am assuming that eventually it will
be connected to Andrew Ng's Bidu Artificial Intelligence software. (Andrew Ng lives in California and
speaks fluent English) In any case, the new robot is supposed to converse in a manner similar to
Alexa and Gome. Alpha can also walk around the house. Perhaps I will arrive home one day to find
that Gome has convinced Alpha to go over and smash Alexa with a Pet Rock or one of my
Titanium-Ceramic-coated frying pans.
There may be problems brewing in the Martin household. Nevertheless, I remain optimistic that I can
retrieve my iRobot Roomba robot from the closet and have it maintain the rug vacuuming function. Up
until now, Roomba was too much of a pain because it would get stuck under the furniture and tangled
up in the cords.
My new pet dog, Chip also tends to get tangled up under furniture and cords.
Perhaps Alpha will be able to help untangle Chip as well as Roomba.
My Camerasaurus dinosaur also needs attention or its personality turns sour.
After all, I will need time to go watch my Moley kitchen robot prepare dinner:
These "First-World" problems are much more difficult that one might think.