That’s pretty much a good description for what it does. My partner and I sometimes find ourselves rewording things multiple times to get something done. In general, it’s very user-friendly. It definitely has to do with key words that the device is always listening for. This is the concern people have about these home assistant droids because they worry that Amazon and other Shadow Governments will be listening to them discuss the newest episode of Dancing With The Stars with their roommates.
There is a true account, however, of a couple who was contacted by a person on their contacts list saying their Alexa emailed him (you can link accounts to the device) and it sent him an audio file of a random piece of conversation the couple was having the day before, simply discussing some design ideas for their house. Alexa randomly decided to do that. Seriously, this happened. So now YouTube is rife with scare vids insisting you toss out these devices. My partner and I have had some funny things happen too, as she misunderstands things.
If you’ve seen Conan O’Brien’s “WikiBear” routine, it’s a great example of Alexa at times. And, my god, if you haven’t seen it, please click here and watch it.
The IF on it, so far, is hard for me to judge as I’m aware of what an IF terp parses and what it doesn’t, so I actually wonder how well a non-IFer would do with the games on it.