Voice assistants suck, but they suck worse if you have an "accent"

Alexa, an effing cow.

My (English) daughter couldn’t get Alexa to respond to the name Alexa so opted to use ‘Computer’ as the wake-word. It worked - but only if she says ‘Com-pewder’ in an American accent.

Annoying, but at least it won’t run you over and kill you like a frigging ‘self-driving’ car.

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We were also warned about this a good long time ago:

This novel features as a plot point, robots who only treat people as “human” when they have the correct accent.

In the 1960ies, when air travel really took off (and well into the 1970ies), every airline pilot tried to sound like Chuck Yeager over the intercom.

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