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Don Herres
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Re: Does Anyone Want Any Toast
Don Herres   2/6/2017 4:03:51 PM
or simply MST3K brought to life ...

Max The Magnificent
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Does Anyone Want Any Toast
Max The Magnificent   2/2/2017 4:26:41 PM
Is this video from the classic UK Science fiction series Red Dwarf a window into our future?

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Re: Howdly doodly doo
elizabethsimon   2/1/2017 8:56:06 PM
@wjj0 Just imagine me not wanting to do that.

Exactly. I much prefer silence from my appliances. And with our luck there won't be a way to turn it off.

I'm already really annoyed that the infotainment system in my new truck doesn't always remember that it's been turned off if I was listening to the radio just before I turned it off.


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Re: Howdly doodly doo
wjj0   2/1/2017 4:09:29 PM
I remember many proposals of this nuttiness way back in 1999.

"..Imagine rolling into your kitchen and talking directly to your refrigerator, toaster, oven, microwave and dishwasher..."

Just imagine me not wanting to do that.

You know it is the first sign of innovation brain-freeze syndrome when they get back to proposing lame internet junk again.

Hey, my old refidgerator has a lot worthless gadgetry on the front panel that we haven't paid attention to in over 15 years.

Do you think I need more?

More then likely, seems they just want a way to send us more of their marketing cr@p. Its all about junk ad space any more.


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Howdly doodly doo
seantellis   2/1/2017 5:16:01 AM
The problems of intelligent appliances have been well anticipated in science fiction, from the anoyingly chatty doors on the Heart of Gold to Red Dwarf's Talkie Toaster.

If we have more and more devices listening out, and a significant false positive rate, then we'll be in a position where any conversation is being interrupted by our digital "assistants. To reduce this to a very low error rate, at a cost where you can put it in a microwave oven, will be challenging indeed.

There's also a question of the personality of the assistants - one person's light breakfast conversation is another person's trigger to introduce the toaster to the waste disposal and a four pound lump hammer.

Would anyone like any toast?

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squirrelwhispher   1/31/2017 6:19:15 PM
As far back as 2008 (AD) an Internet Toaster was proposed. User places bread in it, presses start, and it goes on the internet, gets the weather forecast and burns a weather map on the toast. You eat the weather forecast and are informed of the weather at the same time. Doesn't have to be weather. Could be a picture of your favorite politician, dogs playing poker, etc. I'd love to have one of those robots that vacuum your house. But mine has all kinds of power, computer, video, audio, etc. cords running everywhere that it would eat. Then I would make news by assaulting a robot.

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