For those who’ve obtained an Echo gadget at residence, you’ve virtually definitely performed a number of rounds of “stump Alexa,” asking Amazon’s assistant more and more arcane questions in an try and elicit some baffled response. Possible you discovered it was all that troublesome to confuse the AI. In any case, Amazon doesn’t have the benefit of Google’s deep Information Graph.
One fast workaround goes the Wikipedia route, drawing upon the information of customers to assist construct a deeper base of data. Amazon’s simply opened that door, with an invite-only program that asks clients to submit solutions to Alexa’s harder questions.
Amazon has been testing Alexa Answers internally, including greater than 100,000 responses up to now month alone. Now it’s opening this system as much as a small cross part of the general public, by way of e mail invitations. Those that get requested to hitch can reply questions for Alexa by way of an internet site internet hosting a broad vary of various subjects.
For instance, Amazon’s provided up the next (admittedly weird) strategies. “The place was Barbara Bush buried?” or “Who wrote the rating for Lord of the Rings?” or “What’s cork made out of?” or “The place do bats go within the winter?” I’d wish to picture they have been all requested by the identical weirdo in fast succession.
As soon as responses are added, Alexa may have entry to them, noting that they’re from “an Amazon buyer” — one assumes to take a little bit of the warmth off of the assistant. However what could possibly go wrong?