Calling Out Commands

Leor Grebler
May 17, 2024


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Sometimes, I feel like a first officer on a bridge.

One of my daughters will yell out, “Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes.”

Alexa won’t respond, so I’ll have to repeat the order.

“Alexa, set a timer for 15 minutes.”

Alexa now responds. “15 minute timer starting now.”

My daughter again. “Alexa, how’s the weather tomorrow?”

“Alexa, how’s the weather tomorrow?” I repeat.

Alexa says “The forecast for tomorrow calls for rain with a low of 12 C and a high of 18”

Starboard 40 degrees.

I’m wondering… how many other households play this new version of broken telephone?



Leor Grebler

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