California fires: smart speakers and emergency alerts

Sean Donelan sean at
Mon Oct 16 16:01:40 CST 2017

On Mon, 16 Oct 2017, Aaron C. de Bruyn wrote:
> Simple programming problem.
> Speaker: "There is a tornado warning in this area, would you like to hear more?"
> User: "How did you get my phone number?"
> Speaker: "You have opted out of tornado warnings"
> Fast forward to the next tornado and techno-darwinism will take effect.
> Alternatively you could have the speaker ramble on for 10-15 minutes
> about how the weather alerting system works and maybe the end-user
> will hang around long enough listening to the explanation...

Of course, on Amazon's Alexia, it will probably sound like this

Alexia: "There is an immediate evacuation due to wildfires in this area, 
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