Demonstration of the Amazon Echo and Some Apple Stuff

Demonstration of the Amazon Echo and Some Apple Stuff
Demonstration of the Amazon Echo
and Some Apple Stuff
Lorrin R. Garson
OPCUG & PATACS
December 10, 2016
© 2016 Lorrin R. Garson
Background Information
• Improvements in Computer Hardware:
– Processing power ⬆ ⬆ ⬆ (Moore’s Law)
– Graphic processing ⬆ ⬆ ⬆
– Cost of digital storage ⬇ ⬇ ⬇ (cost)
– Data storage (primitives, arrays, lists, trees,
DBMS, hashes, etc)
← Active link
• Improvements in Software:
– New languages
– Open source software
– Artificial intelligence
– Speech recognition
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Background (cont.)
• Artificial Intelligence— computer systems that
are able to perform tasks that normally require human
intelligence (e.g., visual perception, speech recognition,
decision making, & language translation)
• Beginning in the 1950s—artificial brain
• Turning point in AI—2014/2015
• IBM’s Watson
– Games (chess, Jeopardy)
– Medical diagnosis and providing medical advice
(dozens of hospitals—in oncology and medical
imagery)
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Background (cont.)
• Dramatic advances in speech recognition:
• ”Big Data”—extremely large data sets that
may be analyzed by computer to reveal
patterns, trends and relationships
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Amazon Echo
aka “A-l-e-x-a”
Shh… don’t say
that word!
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The Wake Word
• “A-l-e-x-a” is the default “wake word” for
the device
• In referring to the Amazon Echo, say:
– “Alex”
– “The Echo”
– “you-know-who”
• “Echo” and “Amazon” are alternative “wake
words”
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Amazon Echo and Privacy
• Society’s concept of privacy has changed
dramatically—much more liberalized
• No data are sent to Amazon’s cloud
processing until the “wake word” is spoken
• You can erase everything you’ve asked of
the Amazon Echo
• Wi-Fi connection does not support ad-hoc
peer-to-peer networks
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Opinions on Amazon Echo Privacy
• “Amazon Echo is the ultimate spy device…”
• “Alexa does not eavesdrop on your
conversations”
• The likelihood of the Echo getting hacked…
is very small…”
• “Amazon’s A-l-e-x-a is not even remotely
secure and I really don’t care”
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So is the Amazon Echo private
and secure?
Yes 🙂
No 🙂
Maybe 🙂
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What is the Amazon Echo?
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A wireless smart speaker
A Cloud-based assistant
Voice controlled (99+ %)
Has a seven-piece microphone array
Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Released June 23, 2015
Price $179.99
Sales of ~5 million as of Nov 21, 2016
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For more information see
No audio jack for additional speakers
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Turning off the microphones
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Action Button
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How to Set Up the Amazon Echo
• Download the A-l-e-x-a app to your
smartphone or tablet (Fire OS, Android, iOS)
• Turn on the Amazon Echo (plug it in)
• Run the A-l-e-x-a app and connect the
Amazon Echo to your Wi-Fi network
• That’s it!
• For details see
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Echo
Tap
$180
All Cloud-based assistant
“Alexa”
$130
Dot
$50
• Speaker
• Plugged in
• A-l-e-x-a—on
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Speaker
Portable
Battery
Tap for A-l-e-x-a
For more information see
and ConsumerReports, Sept 2016, pp, 10-13
• Tiny speaker
• Plugged in
• A-l-e-x-a—on
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What Can the Amazon Echo Do?
• Play music:
– iTunes via Bluetooth to iPhone or iPad (iOS)*
– Amazon Prime Music
– Spotify
– Pandora
• Play radio:
– NPR
– BBC
– TuneIn
– iHeartRadio
*Also other Bluetooth enabled music devices
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It can do more…
• Provide diverse information—just ask…
– Deliver news
– Provide weather information
– Provide sports information
– Much much more…
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Ask Uber for a ride
Order pizza from Domino’s
Order goods and services from Amazon.com
Track orders from Amazon
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It can do even more…
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Set timers
Set alarm on the clock
Tell time
Track airline flights
Information from Wikipedia
Convert units
Basic arithmetic
Define words
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Not done yet…
• Control various devices
– Lights
– Light Dimmers
– Coffee machines
– Thermostats
– Electric plugs
– Irrigation sprinklers
– Ceiling fans
– Door locks
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And almost finally…
• Other devices
– A-l-e-x-a compatible smart home hubs*
– Security devices (hubs)
• Many commands…
Provide greater functionality than the Echo can natively
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Amazon Skills
• Amazon has made an API* available (called
Smart Home Skill API)—for third-party
developers to create apps for the Amazon
Echo
• About 2000 Skills are available, see
• Skills enabled with the A-l-e-x-a app
• Create your own Skill, see for the Smart
Home Skill Kit
*Application Program Interface
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Samples of Amazon Skills
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DC Metro—arrivals, departures, etc.
Genesis—remote start your Genesis car
SciGuy—ask for a science fact
Top Box—recommended movies & ratings
Ocean Sounds—noise of ocean waves
National Park Finder—find parks by state
Kit—best recommend products (shopping)
LostThings—locate your Apple devices
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And finally…
• You-know-who adapts to your speech
patterns, vocabulary and personal
preferences
• Rapid expansion of:
– new commands
– Skills
– information resources
– hub-based devices
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Demonstration Time
Amazon Echo
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Demonstration of Amazon Echo
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Alexa: Do I need an umbrella today
Alexa: Define pusillanimous
Alexa: Set timer for four seconds
Alexa: How is traffic*
Alexa: What’s the alarm set for
Alexa: What is the news today
Alexa: Wikipedia the moon
Alexa: more
Alexa: What’s the weather in Bergen,
Norway
*From my home to the American Chemical Society in Washington DC
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Demonstration of Amazon Echo (cont.)
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Alexa: How do you spell Wikipedia
Alexa: How far is it to Perth, Australia
Alexa: What time is it Nürnberg, Germany
Alexa: What is phone number for the
Rexall Drug Center in Vienna
• Alexa: What is the phone number for Dr.
Masri-Fridling
• Alexa: What’s 72 degrees Farenheit in
Celsius
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Demonstration of Amazon Echo (cont.)
Music
• Attach iPhone to Amazon Echo: Settings
 Bluetooth  Echo-663
• Select/play music on iPhone
• Alexa: Next (previous)
• Alexa: Play Nana Mouskouri*
• Alexa: Play Johannes Linstead*
• Alexa: Play Beethoven*
*From Amazon Prime Music
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Demonstration of Amazon Echo (cont.)
Music
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Alexa: Play relaxing Prime Music
Alexa: Play jazz Prime Music
Alexa: Play Classical Focus (from Prime Music)
Alexa: Play Glenn Yarbrough*
Alexa: Play Prime Music
Alexa: Play Pandora Chet Atkins
*From Amazon Prime Music
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Demonstration of Amazon Echo (cont.)
Trivia
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Alexa: Tell a Christmas joke
Alexa: Who was Donald Cram
Alexa: How much does the moon weigh
Alexa: Surely you can’t be serious
Alexa: What is two to the sixteenth power
Alexa: What is the value of π
Alexa: Shut up!
Alexa: How many cups in a gallon
Alexa: What’s the population of Orono, ME
Alexa: How many calories in carrots
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New Topic
Apple Siri—on Mac Computers
• Siri is an “intelligent personal assistant”
controlled by a natural language user
interface
• First available on iOS devices October 2011
• Available on Apple computers Sept 2016
• Envoked by clicking on the Siri icon (
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on the Dock or Menu Bar—or holding
``Option+Spacebar”
• “Hey Siri” doesn’t work on Mac computers
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Another Demonstration
Switch to SLIDE SHOW mode!
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Using Siri on the Mac
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Say: What can you do
Say: What files have I worked on today
Say: What files have I worked on this week
Say: Open Calendar
Say: Open Contacts
Say: Open Reminders
Say: Open Microsoft Word
Say: Open Google Earth Pro
Say: Add to Calendar [go Christmas shopping]
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Using Siri on the Mac (cont.)
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Say: Read my last e-mail message
Say: How much space on my hard drive
Say: What’s the serial number of this Mac
Say: Tell me about this Mac
Say: Give me directions to Milford, Maine
Say: Where is the nearest Pizza Hut
Say: What is the meaning of scrounge
Say: Tell me a joke
Say: What is the International Dateline
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The Competition
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Amazon Echo (Amazon products only*)
Apple Siri (iOS, watchOS, tvOS & macOS)
Google Home (Nov 4, 2016)
Microsoft Cortana (Windows 10, Windows
Phone 8.1, Microsoft Band, Xbox One, iOS &
Android)
• Samsung Scoop (released?)
• Google Now app (Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows,
and OS X)
• Google Chrome can accept voice input
*Amazon has opened up its Alexa Voice Service to third parties (2015)33
Books
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References
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Videos about the Amazon Echo
Information from Amazon on Echo
Comparing Echo, Tap and Dot
Review of Echo (May 9, 2016)
Videos about Siri on the Mac
Second generation Amazon Dot
Google Home vs. Amazon Echo
Making “Hey Siri” work on the Mac
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The
End
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