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HA Dave

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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #390 on: May 16, 2019, 10:53:36 AM »

Echo guard is the latest feature.......
Looks realy like a must have
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YES. A simple little server-software addition. But one that functionally expands and/or doubles some my security alarm protections.... at no cost to me.

Of course. As I've said for YEARS... alarms don't prevent fires and thief. Alarms just warn us. But still nice stuff... and early warnings are the best way to avoid walking into a break-in.... in progress
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HA Dave

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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #391 on: June 12, 2019, 11:18:41 PM »

..... Of course. As I've said for YEARS... alarms don't prevent fires and thief. Alarms just warn us.

I've installed and am using the new Alexa "Guard" or "Smart Alert". And I now wonder if this wonderful little device might not be able to at lease prevent fires (with it's smoke detection) or even burglary's with it's glass breakage detection. 

I set the alarm before I leave the house.... as I tell Alexa "I am leaving". Then every echo-Alexa device in the house (I have 5) listens for an alarm or breaking glass. If anything happens Alexa will let my phone know. Even just disarming the Alexa Smart Alert (telling Alexa I am home)..... causes a notification to my phone.

Since my Alarm also works with Alexa (I have to say a password).... no key fob, or button pushing on a panel is required.
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #392 on: June 13, 2019, 11:00:09 AM »

That's pretty cool.  I mean, since she's listening all the time anyway, she might as well be helpful!

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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #393 on: June 13, 2019, 11:43:30 AM »

That's pretty cool.  I mean, since she's listening all the time anyway, she might as well be helpful!

Who knows. With her level of AI she might even play this tune too https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JhvjTcPRYy4
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #394 on: June 14, 2019, 08:19:31 PM »

That's pretty cool.  I mean, since she's listening all the time anyway, she might as well be helpful!

She? I am pretty sure Jeff Bezos identify's as a HE. And I am sure he listens to all of the millions and millions of those units HIMself. Otherwise.... the programmers at Amazon would have to develop (what every technical mind on the planet calls) that AI stuff. And the consensus around here is.... that just ain't so.  ;D   rofl
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dave w

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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #395 on: June 16, 2019, 06:33:52 PM »

And I am sure he listens to all of the millions and millions of those units HIMself.
Yes, this is correct. Now you understand. Prior to this acknowledgement,  I thought you were a denier. Welcome aboard!
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HA Dave

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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #396 on: June 16, 2019, 11:40:09 PM »

......I thought you were a denier.

NEVER a stink'in denier! I am a believer..... in the AI technology. Because I was here... as processors got faster.... and faster. And programs got bigger and more cleaver. I never had to accept that had happened..... because I watched as it came to fruition.

Ned Ludd may have been histories first... or at least the first recorded (and iconic) leader of his namesake Luddites. But his army sized battalions of followers are reinforced every generation. Maybe... those that drag down society's technological progress are genetically predisposed to have negative feelings about progress. I don't know. But, I've lived with voice controlled automation for well over a decade. It's not magic, scary, or creepy, to me.... and I don't think there are "people" at the other end of the wires. It's good home automation.
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Re: Automation with Alexa
« Reply #397 on: Today at 12:35:44 PM »

Are you suggesting that BVC was AI as well because there was a voice who spoke to you?  Alexa (a female voice) has only been around for a few years (November 2014 initial release).  Since Amazon released the first and only smart HA controller, that industry has only been around for ~5 years which is not quite a decade.  I don't think BVC would be considered AI and it certainly wasn't connected to Amazon/Google/MS servers to record your commands for posterity.  With local control and user decisions on how/where the recorded actions are used there's certainly nothing "magic, scary, or creepy" involved.
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