I got a new toy for Christmas.
My parents gifted me an Amazon Echo Dot. I didn’t really know what that was at the time, but my brother was there to capture the moment.
Turns out it’s a virtual assistant thing – like Siri, only it’s in your house and if you want you can connect it to your lights, garage, fan, heater…
I’m a little worried this thing might kill me in my sleep someday. Do you think it follows Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics?
I haven’t connected it to all the things because that would take all the money, but there are plenty of other things you can do with it.
You can do research.
(I should probably ask it how to hide a body – for writerly research. I swear.)
It can tell jokes – not great jokes, but you might get lucky and land on a funny one.
It can play music.
It can read your kindle books to you.
It can help you and your Canadian friends understand each other.
It can solve age-old mysteries.
And help you feel nostalgic, in light of current events.
And after all the nostalgia, it can help you cope.
It can even settle hot debates.
It can also tell you the weather, send your dictated grocery list to your phone, and…I don’t know, teach you kung fu, probably. I’ve found it especially helpful for when I need to skip songs with naughty words in them when the kids are around. “Alexa, skip!”
I just got my Echo Dot connected yesterday, so if you have this device, how have you found it useful? Do you have any tips for me?