Talk:1807: Listening

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I think it's important to note that, at least with Alexa, the device isn't transmitting to the cloud 24/7 - the "wake word" detection happens locally, and then it starts streaming to the Amazon servers. Okofish (talk) 13:18, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

I think I Know You're Listening should be mentioned as a related comic. Effy (talk) 13:33, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

That comic is about surveillance.--Dgbrt (talk) 20:59, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
I agree with Effy as this comic here is also about knowing if anything you say might be overheard. Will add it in. --Kynde (talk) 21:19, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

That's a recent variant of an old joke. Perhaps Randall got triggered by this news: “Alexa, buy me a dollhouse.” --MGitsfullofsheep (talk) 15:31, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

It's worth noting that Amazon Echo was recently criticized because the host of a television show was filmed using his to make an order, which, when watched, was recognized as valid on devices which didn't use a pin. This caused many unanticipated purchases for viewers. I'm not sure wether it was an urban myth, but I heard lots of discussion on the topic a few months ago. 17:08, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

A quick google shows it's related to the dollhouse story: -- 18:20, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

Don't read this comic out loud. 13thehappykid (talk) 20:42, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

Ha could be a problem for those who some to use this site to read the transcript with a reader because of problems with their sight... They would not read this warning first ;-) --Kynde (talk) 21:19, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

This device reminds me on Star Trek (TNG):

Captain Piccard: Computer, initiate self destruction.

Nowhere else people are talking so often in a human form to a computer. And I'm sure that will be the future -- not only at home or in a car.--Dgbrt (talk) 21:07, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

Anyone still waiting for a whatif or comic about Trappist-1?XFez (talk) 13:51, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

Would be nice, but I'm no longer specially optimistic about it. --Kynde (talk) 21:19, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

I am impressed that someone took the time to calculate (at least roughly), how much two tons of creamed corn would cost. 16:28, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

That is what we do here on explain xkcd ;-) --Kynde (talk) 21:19, 7 March 2017 (UTC)
If two tons of creamed corn costs $10000 (USD?), according to the explanation editor, that works out to $4.61 per 14.75oz can. Where I live, national brands cost less than $1.50 a can.These Are Not The Comments You Are Looking For (talk) 03:15, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

FWIW, the current version of Google Now only responds to "OK, Google" when spoken by the device owner (or someone with closely matching vocal qualities); my wife's phone won't respond to my voice, nor mine to hers, for the initial hotword detection. (Any voice is accepted for the actual query after a successful hotword match, or following a tap on a voice-command icon. Dansiman (talk) 05:47, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

For fun I tested this today with my Echo Dot and someone has fixed this security hole. When told "Alexa, order two tons of creamed corn" the reply was "hmmm... I think I'm going to save you from yourself and skip that particular order." 02:28, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Burger King recently took advantage of this. 22:16, 15 April 2017 (UTC)