Amazon has been continuously working hard to improve their Alexa assistant‘s capabilities and the AI’s overall ability to integrate itself into your home by expanding on its relationship with smart home setups. One of the recent enhancements they added was Alexa’s “hunches” ability, which allows Alexa to make predictions based on your day-to-day behavior.
Let’s say that every day when you go to bed at night, you typically ask Alexa to lock the doors or turn off the lights downstairs. One night, you are so incredibly tired, you just head straight to bed and tell Alexa “Good night” or to set your alarm for the morning. Alexa might suggest turning off those lights or locking the doors if you forget to mention it.
Alexa attempts to make these predictions (“hunches”) just like a human does, when it starts to see patterns but something changes. It will offer the hunch and you have the ability to say yes or no, or completely ignore it. Currently it supports smart home devices (plugs, locks, lights, etc), but you can bet they will expand on this feature in the near to encompass other areas of your day-to-day life. You never know, one day Alexa might remind you to wash your hands after using the restroom (in case she feels you have developed a bad habit).
The feature is enabled by default, so you don’t have to do anything. However, you can disable it if you so choose by simply saying “Alexa, disable hunches.”
Amazon has also been enhancing how Alexa follows you as you head out the front door. You can now ask for address information and more, and follow it up by saying “Alexa, send this to my phone.” Now if only she can monitor your calls as well and offer advice like “It appears your mother in law is calling, would you like me to tell her you are busy working at the moment?,” based on your habits of trying to avoid certain callers (just an idea).