voice assistants

Smart speakers can mistakenly record audio nearly 20 times per day on average, study finds

The good news is researchers found no evidence the devices were constantly recording conversations.

Smart speakers can mistakenly record audio nearly 20 times per day on average, study finds

The good news is researchers found no evidence the devices were constantly recording conversations.
Facebook offers to pay users for their voice recordings

Facebook offers to pay users for their voice recordings

Makers of smart speakers have faced criticism for sharing data without consent.

Siri Co-Inventor: The Internet Is a Vast Psychology Experiment—And It Scares Me

"[Artificial intelligence] shown that if you want to get two billion people addicted to something that's not good for them, you can do it."
You can now set your Sonos speaker as Google Assistant's default

You can now set your Sonos speaker as Google Assistant's default

Just last month, Sonos sued Google for allegedly infringing upon its patents. The two companies had previously worked together to bring Assistant features to select Sonos speakers. Surprisingly, it
"Edge AI": encapsulating machine learning classifiers in lightweight, energy-efficient, airgapped chips

"Edge AI": encapsulating machine learning classifiers in lightweight, energy-efficient, airgapped chips

Writing in Wired, Boing Boing contributor Clive Thompson discusses the rise and rise of "Edge AI" startups that sell lightweight machine-learning classifiers that run on low-powered chips and don't

Advancements in Mobility That Will Change Travel

From air cabs to cars that can converse, innovations to take us on all kinds of journeys The convergence of mobility and technology is one of the most interesting topics on our minds, especially
Alexa was everywhere at CES

Alexa was everywhere at CES

With Google planning to pre-install its AI in an estimated one billion devices, Amazon wants Alexa in as many places as possible.

Workplace of 2030: A Day in The Life

The workplace environment of tomorrow will look nothing like that of today.
Amazon plans massive expansions, new partnerships for Alexa and Fire TV in 2020

Amazon plans massive expansions, new partnerships for Alexa and Fire TV in 2020

Amazon Alexa and Fire TV are coming to way more devices in 2020. At CES 2020, Amazon announced that hands-free Alexa will be showing up on new TVs from LG and Samsung and that its Fire TV Edition
Rhasspy: a free/open voice assistant toolkit that's fully offline

Rhasspy: a free/open voice assistant toolkit that's fully offline

US Air Force research scientist Michael Hansen created Rhasspy as a privacy-oriented alternative to surveilling "voice assistant" products like Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri; the free/open project

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Tech, gender, science and nature news from the first week of 2020 Italian Vogue’s Sustainable January 2020 Issue After Vogue editors across many international editions declared that the magazine would

Apple, Google and Amazon Join Forces for More Connected Smart-Homes

A new coalition (which officially launches this year) between Apple, Google, Amazon and the Zigbee Alliance will result in most new devices being compatible with each aforementioned brands’ smart-home

New Technologies to Better Understand Our Bodies

With CES 2020 only days away, a new decade for tech starts with comprehending the human body Important developments in technology, both consumer-facing and industry-specific, oftentimes debut (or meet
Bye, Siri. Make your car give you directions in your own voice.

Bye, Siri. Make your car give you directions in your own voice.

Forget a random digital voice telling you to turn left in 800 feet. A new service "clones" real voices so that your mom, sister, or even you can be the one giving you directions. It's called "My Car,
How to Stop Alexa and Google Home from Recording You

How to Stop Alexa and Google Home from Recording You

It’s a pretty well-known fact that Alexa-enabled devices and Google Home products record everything you say to them. What you may not know is how to delete these recordings or turn this feature off

Google Launches Assistant Interpreter Mode

Available today on iOS and Android, Interpreter Mode translates conversations in real time through a process similar to Google’s preexisting Translate page. According to the company, the feature can
Man Trapped in Car in Icy River Saved By Yelling, 'Siri, Call 911'

Man Trapped in Car in Icy River Saved By Yelling, 'Siri, Call 911'

An Iowa man recently survived what could have easily been a fatal road accident by shouting “Siri, call 911,” CNN reported on Thursday. Read more...
2019 was the year of voice assistant privacy dumpster fires

2019 was the year of voice assistant privacy dumpster fires

2019 was the "I Told You So" year for privacy advocates and voice assistants: the year in which every company that wanted you to trust them to put an always-on mic in the most intimate places in your