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Amazon Echo: 5 Skills You Might Actually Use

Amazon Echo: 5 Skills You Might Actually Use

Sales of Amazon’s chatty home assistants, the Echo and Echo Dot, became one of Christmas 2017’s biggest success stories.  Seven months on though, are we still using any of the 15,000 skills that Alexa boasts?   Recently published reports suggest that 97% of all skills activated on an Amazon device aren’t used any longer than one day.  Having searched through the available skills for my own Echo Dot, it’s perhaps easy to see why this might be: a lot of them are underdeveloped ideas that perhaps rushed too quickly be amongst the first skills available. There’s also the seemingly low benchmark for getting listed on the official Alexa app.  Here’s the description for the ‘Facts About Lee’ skill for example: “Do you know

Facebook Discover Their AI Inventing Its Own Language

Facebook Discover Their AI Inventing Its Own Language

Facebook shut down two bots that abandoned English to start communicating with each other in their own language. A recent report by Fact Co. Design reveals that Facebook pulled the plug on a project that saw two AI bots negotiating with each other in a language unknown to humans. Alice and Bob, the two negotiating bots, were thought to have deviated from their original English in favour of a more efficient way to communicate.  The following dialogue was recorded whilst the two decided how to distribute a set of balls between them. Bob: you i everything else Alice: balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me Bob: i i can i i i everything else Alice: balls have a ball

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