If this is any indication, we may be in for some extremely specialized Alexa “skills.” Pitchfork News announces, “Alexa Can Now Name Your Band.” The relevant skill, reasonably titled Band Name Generator, looks to be a simple random word generator, having made such profound suggestions as “The Cautiously Illustrious” and “Drip Upward.” The brief write-up observes:
If you hear the perfect name, tell Alexa ‘awesome name, thanks’ and she’ll say ‘I hope I helped. Your mom said you are very talented. I’m sure she’s right and your band rocks’.
On the other hand, if you dislike a suggestion, another is just a phrase away. Will such limited skills provide enough entertainment to warrant the effort of downloading them? I suppose we will find out.
Cynthia Murrell, May 17, 2017