Alexa can now change the subject in a conversation

Date:6 January 2020 Author: Anita Froneman Tags:, ,

This might sound silly but think about it, how often do you get in a sticky situation where you would do anything to just talk about something other than the current topic? Maybe you’re faced with having to entertain someone with wildly different opinions than you and you just can’t seem to get along.

Or maybe someone is insensitive enough to raise a touchy subject, like your aunt asking your wife when the little one is due while she’s, in fact, not pregnant. Now, artificial intelligence assistant Alexa has a new feature that can come to the rescue at just the right time by popping fun, neutral questions to get you talking in a different direction.

Some of her attempts will include “What would your superpower be and why?” and “Who is your celebrity crush?”

Of course, there’s no guarantee that her well-intended “neutralisers” will have the desired effect, and some might argue that she will only spark another heated debate! Regardless, we think it’s worth a try. At the very least, you’ll have a new range of conversation starters on your next blind date.

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