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It wasn’t supposed to be an existential question but that is how my Google Home Mini interpreted it.

“I think you’re referring to how much time is left on a timer?”

Yes. What else were you thinking I was referring to?

It wasn’t until I saw the autosuggest search of that phrase that I realized many people were likely asking Google and referring to the amount of time left in the universe. As in, when will time end?

Amazon, as usual, is much more to the point. “You have no timers set, [dummy]”

Timers and alarms are like the #3 killer app for a handsfree device, especially in the kitchen. We knew that with the Ubi. Why wouldn’t you bias an NLU engine towards this and just skip to the point?

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