Making Alexa Understand You Better!

Staying with an on-call voice assistant is amazing but except when she doesn’t understand your requests. Given below are some simple stuff that you can do to spend good time with Alexa and less time yelling at her for misunderstanding you.

Always remember that ‘artificial intelligence is in its absolute infancy at the moment.’ Hence, it helps to think of Alexa and other voice assistants as literal infants- You require to guide them, be patient and even give gifts to them whenever they get things right. Anyone can use Alexa without doing the setup or voice training so you may not feel that you can train it to understand your voice better.

  1. You Should Go For Voice Training

  • You should always go for voice training. It’s super simple, it only takes a few minutes, and it fine tunes Alexa to understand your specific speaking voice.
  • In addition to training Alexa to your voice, it’s useful to dive into the settings and fine-tune things such as your location, your preferences for sports teams, weather, your news preferences and other settings.
  • After doing so, you help out to decrease the probability that the response Alexa gives to one of your commands is in error.

2. Giving Your Smart Home Devices More Distinct Names

  • If you use Alexa to control smart devices in your home then we have a tip for you. When naming your smart home devices, you mostly name them to the one which makes most sense to the human brain, but Alexa may have trouble. It is because objects are most of the time similarly named.
  • To avoid such problems, you merely need to present your every room and areas with clear names for instance like ‘Bedroom’, ’Living Room’ and ‘Upstairs’ and after that then give the devices themselves clear names that don’t overlap with any other thing.
  • For instance, rather than ‘Bedroom Ceiling Light 1’, you may name it ‘Bed Ceiling 1’. And instead of ‘Bedroom Nightstand Light 1’, you can use ‘Mary’s lamp.
  • As a result, it will result in a much smoother experience which will not leave Alexa getting confused with any other thing.

3. Always Give Confirmation When Alexa Gets It Right

  • There are plenty of things that you can do to improve your Alexa experience, probably here is the thing people probably do the least; telling the Alexa whenever she is right.
  • This doesn’t just help you, but also it helps Echo users everywhere.
  •  Each time you interact with Alexa, a companion ‘card’ displays in the Alexa app on your mobile device, as well as on the web interface of your Alexa.
  • It’s worth noting that on the card, you’ll find the response Alexa has given you with a voice feedback section that details precisely what Alexa heard you say. It will also include a Yes/No prompt so that you can also confirm that whether Alexa did or did not do whatever you wanted.
  • In the end, whether you click ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ you be thanked for your feedback and will also be given the opportunity to put up a more detailed feedback response.

Hope, this blog would have been helpful to you.

James Thomas is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for McAfee security products at mcafee.com/activate.

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