Over the years, IT service made our lives really good. However, there are times I wonder, does it make our life too easy? I ask this because Amazon’s Alexa can now operate your microwave. Alexa and your microwave: When is enough enough?
I’m reading some reports that say, “Alexa learns to cook”. But don’t let that quote fool you. Alexa isn’t trying to be the next Rachel Ray or Julia Child. It’s just trying to see how it can work with microwaves. In fact, Amazon wants Alexa to microwave for you. They’re already teaming up with Whirlpool, bringing this voice tool to their 2017 made microwaves, . Of course, all this is according to insiders.
However, let’s just assume this is true and this is bound to happen. If so, then all you have to say is, “Alexa, defrost this steak for five minutes”. It will do it. And all you will have to say is, “Alexa, microwave this TV dinner for three minutes”, or “Alexa, heat up this coffee for one minute”. It will do it. The only thing it won’t do is put your food/drink in the microwave for you. Some things you have to do for yourself.
So this is where I draw the line. I know Amazon is trying to move Alexa to the kitchen. But doing stuff it only takes seconds for human beings to do? I’ve seen people, even those in computer repair, embrace this thing. For example, they’ll tell Alexa to look up their favorite song. Keep in mind the song is already on the top of their play list. If Alexa wants to be a help in the kitchen, then let it wash those stubborn pots and pans. I can microwave my food by my own doggone self. So a relationship between Alexa and your microwave is one I think I will do without. When is enough enough?
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