When smart technology… isn’t

David Hepworth in the latest Radio Times

“Over the past 12 months I’ve found that the only thing the smart speaker could be counted on to do reliably, other than obey such simple requests as “play Radio 4”, was bring me the latest episode of The Archers on demand. In almost every other case it proffered something that sounded a bit like what I asked for, but wasn’t.”

Very true. My Alexa voice control on my 2017 HD Kindle was useless with my voice, and after many errors was turned off — for fear of making accidental “instant purchases” from Amazon. Maybe there’s some way to “lock” it only to certain software, if you have the full speaker system? But there appears to be no option on my Kindle to: “Lock Alexa to work only with VLC Player and my graphic novel reader”.