[ExI] voice activated elevator {8^D

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Mon May 13 09:26:36 UTC 2013

On 2013-05-12 22:39, spike wrote:
> Nothing profound here, move along, just a little techno-fun and games:
> http://dotsub.com/view/6c5d7514-5656-476a-9504-07dd4e2f6509
> {8^D
> I can imagine the Brits among us will have a chuckle or two.
Indeed, dear chap!

My brother and me spent a hilarious journey trying to use his fancy new 
voice-controlled handsfree phone system in his car to call home. The 
noisy road environment and Swedish accents did not work well with it.

I do wonder about how to get "natural language" interfaces to work 
properly. I find Wolfram Alpha tremendously frustrating since it wants 
me to phrase queries as questions rather than straightforward commands 
("Plot the Gini coefficient of different countries against their GDP per 
capita") - it has the data and plotting ability, it just gets confused 
about interpreting my question. Here a command language would make much 
more sense.

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