I'm reaching the sad realization that I hate every piece of software that claims to be my "assistant", whether it's a voice assistant like Siri or Alexa, or a smart email program that promises to find tracking numbers in my email and never does.

I'm thinking it may be time to just write my own that's proactive in the ways I need it to be and has the features I'm actually counting on it to "assist" me with.

I'm also tired of asking my assistants to ask specific skills to do things. "Ask UPS about my package" "Ask Pocket Casts to play my podcast". NO! Intents have been a concept for forever and a day. Provide some, let skills register them, and get on with it. Oh, but then UPS couldn't inject their brand into the discussion so I'm sure that's why everything works that way.

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