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jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 13th March 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Has Amazon Ruined the Name Alexa?
As smart speakers are becoming more and more common around the world, it’s important to take a moment to think of the many people who now share their name with a ubiquitous digital entity designed to serve its human overlords. And no, I’m not talking about you, Bixby. Imagine having named your kid Alexa shortly before Amazon debuted its popular virtual assistant in 2014. You now have to live with the fact that your child’s name will forever be associated with the world’s most popular digital servant.
As a matter of fact, there are already signs that Amazon’s decision to give its digital assistant a rather popular name, has ruined that name for years to come. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, the number of babies named Alexa in the United States has dropped from 6,052 in 2015 (which is when Amazon’s first smart speaker Echo became widely available) to 1995 in 2019. Having been the 32nd most popular name for girls born in 2015, Alexa’s rank dropped to 139th in 2019, the lowest it’s been since 1992.
By Felix Richter,
How Children Interact With Smart Speakers
One of the reasons for the popularity of smart speakers is how easy they are to use. So easy in fact that children quickly figure out how to get Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant to follow their orders. So how do children typically interact with their new virtual family members?
The good news is that, according to a survey conducted by NPR and Edison Research, children do not misuse smart speakers to place orders on Amazon without consulting their parents. The most common use cases are pretty harmless instead: playing music, answering questions and telling jokes are the most popular smart speaker skills used by children.
by Felix Richter,
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Top 10 Highest Paid American TV Stars
(May be slightly outdated but still interesting)
- Andrew Lincoln.
$650,000 each episode of The Walking Dead.
- Ashton Kutcher.
$755,000 each episode of Two and a Half Man.
- Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Jim Parsons.
$1,000,000 each episode of The Big Bang Theory.
- Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow.
$1,000,000 each episode of Friends.
- Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt.
$1,000,000 each eposide of Mad about you.
- Peter Dinklage, Nikolai Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington.
$1,100,000 each episode of Game of Thrones.
- Tim Allen.
$1,250,000 each episode of Home Improvement.
- Kelsey Grammer.
$1,600,000 each episode of Frasier.
- Ray Romano.
$1,800,000 each episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.
- Charlie Sheen.
$1,800,000 each episode of Two and a Half Man.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life. Robin Sharma
Happiness is…asking Alexa.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
A weasel walks into a bar, the bartender says, “I’ve never served a weasel before, what can I get you?”
“Pop” goes the weasel.
A time to ask Alexa…A time to find the answer yourself the old-fashioned way.
©2021 Phil M Robinson