Last night during the Loyola-Chicago vs Michigan NCAA Final Four game a very strange thing happened.
We were watching the game on our flat panel TV with the new Apple HomePod sitting just in front of it.
With about three minutes left in the game, Apple broadcast a TV commercial in which the voice said… “Hey Siri, remind me to watch the NCAA final game on Monday.” At this point the Apple HomePod came to life and said, “OK, I have scheduled a reminder for you on Monday.”
Wow! Is this cool technology when your television can program your computer “appliance” (the Apple HomePod) to set a reminder for you? What’s next? What could this mean for the future? Will the furniture store TV commercial tell Siri (who is always listening) to remind you that the sale of the century (the one held every other week) is Tuesday and be sure to be there at 10 AM when the doors open.
Or, how about the clever politician on TV who asks Siri to remind you that you need to remember to vote for him or her on Tuesday when the polls open at 7:45 AM. Or…
Is this “Big Brother” watching, listening, speaking or commanding?
OK Apple, it was cute the first time. But the second and the third?
And I’m sure it would work in a similar way on Amazon’s Alexa.
Sheesh… what will they think of next?