Alexa – We Have A Problem …

by | Sep 6, 2017 | Concept 13 - Respect | 0 comments

I got my first Echo Dot digital assistant about 2 or 3 months ago.  I liked it so much that I immediately went out and bought a second one.  These Amazon devices are commonly referred to as Alexa, as that is the default word used to access these digital assistants. Apple has Siri. Microsoft has Cortana. Google has it’s own as well.

The major tech companies (Microsoft, Apple, Google and Amazon – plus others) are putting these digital assistants, powered by artificial intelligence into voice activated products.

They can be very useful little devices.

Alexa – What’s the weather? (you immediately get a spoken, localized weather report).

Alexa – Play Flash Briefing. (you immediately get a spoken new report).

Alexa – Set a timer for 10 minutes (Alexa beeps 10 minutes later)

Alexa – Set a reminder to pull the cake out of the oven in 1 hour (Alexa reminds you in 1 hour to pull the cake out of the oven)

Alexa – Open Pandora (Alexa plays your Pandora stations, or Spotify, or Amazon Prime, or a host of other services).

In short, it’s a bunch of Alexa do this – Alexa do that …

Alexa isn’t perfect either, so we can sometimes get a little frustrated when she isn’t able to figure out what you’re asking for.

So, we sometimes get mad at her.

One thing I immediately noticed is that no where in this equation are we being asked to say PLEASE or THANK YOU.

In fact, when you say PLEASE, it sometimes confuses Alexa.

When you say THANK YOU, she says – Sure, you bet (instead of you’re welcome).

Personally, I have a problem with this.

Until #13 states:

Until we learn to respect ourselves and to respect each other, we will never achieve our maximum potential and evolve as a species.

When we fail to tell Alexa (or any of the other digital assistants PLEASE, we are not showing her any respect.

When we fail to tell Alexa (or any of the other digital assistants THANK YOU), we are not showing her any gratitude.

In short, the way these digital assistants are programmed is turning us into a nation of consumers who expect everything to be handed to them immediately upon asking with the understanding we don’t have to show any gratitude once it’s done.

Law #13, the Law of Respect states:

One must respect others in order to receive respect from others. Likewise, one must respect themselves before others will respect them. Respect must be given before it can be received.

You might say – these digital assistants aren’t humans.  They’re just computer programs. We don’t need to show them any respect. These digital assistants haven’t done anything to earn our respect.

I say that’s a load of garbage …

Respect for others (or for things) is NOT a measure of whether or not that respect has been earned.  It’s a measure of  YOUR CHARACTER.

When you tell Alexa please, you are showing that you have character and that you’re polite.

When you tell Alexa thank you, you are showing that you have character and that you are appreciative of the convenience that’s being provided to you.

So, be sure to tell your digital assistants please and thank you.  It’s a good habit that you should cultivate and encourage whenever possible.

EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY, remember your kids are watching your every behavior.  When you say please and thank you to your digital assistant, your kids are learning to say please and thank you.  When you fail to do these things, your kids are learning that it’s not necessary to do said things.

Benefit #13 states:

By incorporating Law #13, the Law of Respect into our lives, we will be creating a society where everyone not only respects and cares about each other, but also one where everyone respects and cares about themselves as well.

If we learn to show respect not only to EVERYONE, but also to EVERY THING, we’re going to create a much better society.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

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Until next time, remember, Change Begins With You.

Stanley Bronstein

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