Christian Alexa!

This isn’t real, but just wait a few years. . . . .

h/t: Vernon

29 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    LOL that kept triggering my Amazon Echo to respond.

  2. yazikus
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    “Alexa, play a song to set the mood”
    “How about I call your accountability partner?”
    – made me chuckle.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

      I liked Alexa reminding him to pray before eating.

  3. busterggi
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    The real one will be much more demanding & irritating.

    • Mark R.
      Posted December 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      Perhaps there will be different settings. From this mild Siri version all the way up to the “fire and brimstone” setting. Lots of ‘you’re a sinner and going to hell’ references.

  4. Rich
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    As funny as this is (and it IS), Alexa does have a noticeable liberal bias. And, I’ve got to agree that I would expect such alternatives to exist fairly soon, though perhaps not as over the top.

    • Walt Jones
      Posted December 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

      So does reality.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 12, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      As funny as this is (and it IS), Alexa does have a noticeable liberal bias.

      Nerds in general have a distinctly liberal bias, I suspect (bearing in mind that America is wildly more right-wing than almost any other country in the developed world).

      I would expect such alternatives to exist fairly soon

      There will be a hole found in the security, and the configuration files will then get bowdlerized beyond belief.

  5. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh great…lets get one for every room.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 12, 2017 at 9:20 am | Permalink

      Oh, I’d only get one. And put it in the bathroom. For, as the saying goes, shits and giggles.

  6. BJ
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.”

    :jar finally opens:

    That was the best part of the video, but I found the rest only mildly amusing, and only in concept. The execution was really lacking here. Perhaps I’m just spoiled by all the great material on YouTube these days.

    • Walt Jones
      Posted December 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

      That’s the point where it jumped the proverbial shark. The jokes before it are subtle. Afterwards, they’re mostly nagging.

    • Craw
      Posted December 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

      Me too. Part of the problem is that this Alexa always thwarts him. It doesn’t have to be specifically a Christian Alexa to do that, and that isn’t what a buyer of Christian Alexa would want. So it really fails as satire. What would be funnier is some kind of Ned Flanders thing.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted December 12, 2017 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      Perhaps I’m just spoiled by all the great material on YouTube these days.

      For you, subscriptions to GodTube and PureFlicks.

  7. rickflick
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Pretty funny.
    My understanding though is that Echo actually stores all your dialogues at Amazon for use in marketing…and who knows what else.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

      I’ve read that Amazon, Google and Microsoft feed the data to their AIs to improve their understanding of human speech but I haven’t heard that they use individual data to market directly back to their users. I suspect it would be a privacy violation to use your data other than what it was intended for, at least if it weren’t anonymous, in many of the markets those companies operate in.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted December 12, 2017 at 9:25 am | Permalink

        I suspect it would be a privacy violation to use your data other than what it was intended for,

        In the UK, using such data for purposes not included the end-user agreement, would certainly be illegal – and fines in the hundreds of thousands of pounds For tax-dodgers like Amazon, probably tens of millions.
        That’s why they make the EULAs incredibly indigestible and as wide-ranging as possible.

        • rickflick
          Posted December 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

          In the US if you accidentally drag over an ad for flea powder you will, within hours, be inundated by proffers of various pet products. I wish this was illegal.

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted December 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

            NoScript plus AdBlock.

  8. Kevin
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Koo! I want the nihilist-existentialist “what does it matter anyway what you do” version.

  9. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    The guy in the video is John Crist – a homeschooled, Christian stand up. Does a lot of church gigs & plays up to the spectrum of Christian standards [e.g. promoting homeschool on his merchandise tees with a spelling mistake…]. More than a 5-min video from him would be too much! Pretty safe & dull.

    The Amazon logo is always facing the cam, so I guess he has an arrangement with them [no objection]. On his website: “John currently lives in Los Angeles with his zero cats and is a member of City Church” 🙂

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      Did you hack into John’s actual Echo commands? 😉

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

        🙂 I read a report today that claimed 20% of our power consumption, within a generation, may be from data centres & the running of billions of devices [the coming ‘Internet Of Things’] where all physical objects are tagged & ‘connected’ to some degree.

        The data centres will not be storing sciency data much – it’ll be information that can be sold on people & their interests. No Alexa nor helpfully ‘listening’ Samsung smart TVs in my house while I can move around myself.

        Though I do remember when TV remote controls were regarded by miserable old sods as the harbinger of social collapse, but maybe they had a point: the thin end of the wedge.

        • Diana MacPherson
          Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

          IoT is already here. Devices talking to appliances, cars, etc. One of us! One of us!

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted December 12, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

            Not in this house – until at least a couple of years have gone by without any significant security breaches in devices in the genre.

            • Diana MacPherson
              Posted December 12, 2017 at 10:47 am | Permalink

              The most common IoT I see right now are entertainment systems in cars – Google, Apple etc.

              • gravelinspector-Aidan
                Posted December 12, 2017 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

                MP3 player loaded with TED lectures ripped to audio only, IOT podcasts, that sort of thing.

  10. Posted December 11, 2017 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Someone get to work on an Atheist Alexa!

    (Hey, that even rolls off the tongue better!)


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