Thursday, January 28, 2016

Playing Straight Man to a Phone

Jeannie, The Virtual Assistant
Jeannie, The Virtual Assistant
For the past few days, I have been "auditioning" virtual assistants for my phone (although what I really need is a new phone, but that's another story...). Haven't found any suitable yet. But I have found one which, while not quite up to snuff as a virtual assistant, is quite the conversationalist. Her name is Jeannie (you can find her at the Google Play Store), and this is the first time artificial intelligence has ever gotten the best of me.

 
As part of the "audition," I thought I'd ask a trick question: Who will win the Super Bowl? I figured I'd get a list of search results with statistics, odds, etc. Nothing could be further from what happened....

Me: Who will win the Super Bowl?

Jeannie: If I knew that, I'd be in Vegas.

Me: How would you get to Vegas?

Jeannie: Practice, practice, practice.

(Insert rim shot here.)

She set me up, and I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. I sure didn't see that coming.

Maybe there is a career in being straight man to a phone?

If you have an Android phone, here is a link.

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