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DHagar
DHagar
4/22/2016 12:50:16 PM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
@mouraryan, regarding the humanity - absolutely.  That's why we need to keep thinking - the race is on, but if we keep thinking we will win.

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DHagar
DHagar
4/22/2016 12:47:08 PM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
@John Barnes, well stated!  We just need to get "in sync" with the machine processing.  Thanks for insights!

Note:  On the political front, maybe that is one of the factors contributing to this year's "highly unusual" political campaign.

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DHagar
DHagar
4/22/2016 12:45:13 PM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
@mpouraryan, very true.  Technology will not solve everything and we need to use the tools appropriately.

Clearly, Amazon has unleashed so many positive applications, and they continue to develop new frontiers.  Pretty impressive overall!

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
4/22/2016 11:38:45 AM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
Ever so true--our challenge is to somehow retain our humanity.   Whether that in fact is possible is another question.     They are all doing the thinking for us and frankly that should scare us all.

 

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JohnBarnes
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4/22/2016 8:00:30 AM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
@DHagar, @mpouraryan, another example of the Reverse Turing process in action.  When I'm having trouble locating something on Google, I often ask myself "What search terms would a scatterbrained person of limited vocabulary formulate?" and enter them without any logical terms (no and, or, but, or not and no exact text symbols). Not only does what I am looking for often show up in the first 25 or so returned results; it often shows up in the first 5.

We are gradually producing people who are able to be dumb enough to imitate machines. Marketers and politicians everywhere may rejoice.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
4/21/2016 9:34:36 PM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
I suppose, in retrospective, it is about how one takes advantage of the technology.  One has to know what one expects--I view it as the essence of embracing transformation.    Buying a gadget for the sake of buying it is not necessarily the right path.

 

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DHagar
DHagar
4/21/2016 2:16:06 PM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
@mpouraryan, thanks for great info.  Really interesting - it sounds like it might be the right path.  If so, they will surely be a leader!

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
4/21/2016 2:04:40 PM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
AmazonFire TV is on that path.  As long as one is comfortable with the APP world, it should not present a problem--This is as I am seeing reports (as underscored by what Comcast has done with how they're moving away from Cable Boxes to an "App-drive" model) which may well negate what the FCC is trying to do to change the way Cable Boxes are regulated.

 

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DHagar
DHagar
4/21/2016 1:51:54 PM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
@batye, see this is where I agree that the "clutter" with the search is not as elegant as they could be - even their advanced search.  It can be very time consuming.  As mpouraryan pointed out it is a catalogue - and we are used to better information in the digital age.

They are really good, but if they addressed this, they could even be better!

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DHagar
DHagar
4/21/2016 1:49:07 PM
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Re: Amazon Has a Long Way to Go
@elizabethv - You are right on their video services.  I think they are great here and are probably going to become a leader, which they should.  And they have really built excellent Prime services.

My specific examples were dealing with just their general online purchasing - in response to earlier comments - that they are not as simple.  If they were to simplify some of their searches on products - to the high level of service in video, etc., they would be unbeatable.  They are definitely excellent at what they pursue.  And they deserve to win now in this new effort in taking on Netflix.

I am cheering for them!

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