South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday December 10, 2019

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December 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 6



Publisher's Note

What's the Cure for our Amazon Fire Cube?

Is it just the Felix’s or the first documented case of robot-assisted aphasia?

Definition: Aphasia gets in the way of a person's ability to use or understand words (or in our case, our Amazon Fire Cube has yet to understand us). Aphasia does not impair the “Cube’s” intelligence (but it does make one want to throw the cube through the front of the television). Amazon Fire Cubes that have aphasia may have difficulty speaking and finding the "right" words to complete their thoughts (however Amazon Customer Service prefers to describe it as a possible case of user error.)
But after 2 months of the Cube, I honestly think we both need a Babbel course to communicate! With few exceptions, no matter what we say or how we say it we end up frustrated. It’s like a replay of the days when we all tried to solve another cube – Rubik’s. In Carol’s case, the Cube doesn’t even acknowledge that she’s spoken and in my case, one day the Cube wants me to “switch” to Netflix and the next day I have to “connect.”
I’m a pretty tech-savvy guy, but I have enough trouble reading Carol’s moods let alone trying to psychoanalyze my Fire Cube. But my absolute best mistranslation was asking for the Stephen Colbert show and getting Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood … huh?
So after much googling and surfing, we’ve developed our own quickie dictionary of “go to” instructions. Our five new most important words are: show, search, add, watch, and switch. In desperation, Carol’s even made little cheat sheets.
So as Carol keeps telling me, we have yet another device designed to make our lives easier and more efficient, which provokes yelling at the television not to mention each other!
But lest we forget the season we’re celebrating … have a great holiday, eat too much, love a lot, and just Enjoy!!

Charles Felix can be reached at

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