The use of communication becoming automated . . . “Hey, Alexa!”
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Communicating with individuals, robots and machines are a part of some individual’s lives that live in first world countries. For some Americans, the use of communication has become so monotonous, streamline and assisted that it enables the user to become reliant on a machine, robot or personal assistant like device to handle the job or task.
With the use of communication the range of possibilities remained wide open. In this week’s reading from Mary Chayco’s book, SuperConnected: The Internet, Digital Media & Techno-Social Life, she states, ” Licklider described all kinds of possible uses for computerization, including digital libraries, e-commerce, and online banking, and he also envisioned a point-and-click system for using the computer” (Chayco, p. 19). The highly intuitive “world wide web” was breaking through ground as early as 1950, however some of us were not keen on how all of this would come together or perhaps had no idea this was beginning to set a precedent for the future of communication.
The use of robotics made its debut in the early 1950’s. Chayco said, “In 1954, American inventor George Devol laid the foundation for the field of robotics with the first digitally operated and programmed robot, named Unimate, which worked on a New Jersey assembly line” (Chayco, p. 19). More of this was in the works and Chayco furthers this concept with the following statement, “An extension of artificial intelligence, robots, guided by computer programs, would take on rote tasks that could be automated, but they would also, as we shall see, take on more complex tasks over time and become more lifelike” (Chayco, p.19). The use of robots was becoming centralized and congruent with the use of technology and communication.
But, let’s switch gears quickly . . .
As you may know, in the 21st century some of us have access to voice activated systems, such as Siri, Alexa, etc. and it sure does make life a little easier… well that’s what we like to believe right? As we learned about earlier and from Chayco the use of and integration of robots and robotic machines with human-like capabilities began it’s debut in the early 1950’s, but flipping ahead 60 years, users now have access to smaller voice-activated robotic like machines, similar to Alexa.
Amazon released a personal device for your home, business, and car or wherever you are to help provide you with assistance with your day-to-day lives. Alexa allows a user to ask just about anything and the virtual assistant will provide you with an answer.
The connection with other technology on the market!
As Alexa continues to gain popularity and newer technologies are released the compatibility of Alex and the new technology will need to continue to work in congruence. Earlier in the reading Chayco mentions how older technologies will work to become compatible with newer technologies or the newer technologies will integrate or become compatible for the older devices. Chayco said the following in response to this, “”Interestingly, as new technologies are invented, they do not necessarily supplant those that came before but are often used in combination with them, sometimes inspiring changes in how the existing technologies operate or are used (see Dunbar-Hester, 2014; Jenkins, 2006; Volti, 2014)” (Chayco, p.17). Even during the 1800’s communication and technology were setting the foundation for the future.
As we begin to forecast the future, what’s next or likely to be introduced in the form of technology and the use of communication it’s no surprise some of the hottest products out there are leading the way. Amazon’s Alexa is working on it’s own robot for the home as of April, 2018. It’s something that’s not ready it, but some companies have begun to introduce similar like devices and Amazon’s Alex recently expanded it’s capabilities to include it’s own “skills.” The skills are referred to as commands that are synced with other technology-advanced devices around your home that enable “smart-like” features to communicate and cooperate alongside the virtual assistant, Alexa.
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