New York Times: Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative

New York Times: Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative. “It has been almost two decades since Google started to dominate internet search the way Microsoft dominated software for personal computers a generation earlier. Now computer scientists at Stanford University are warning about the consequences of a race to control what they believe will be the next key consumer technology market — virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.”

CNET: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri will get smarter this year. Here’s how.

CNET: Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri will get smarter this year. Here’s how.. “Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer conference took place in May and there was a lot of smart home news. Apple’s own yearly conference, WWDC, just happened too. And Amazon’s re:MARS conference is currently underway. That makes this a particularly busy time for smart home announcements, particularly related to Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Let’s explore the most recent changes to get a better sense of each assistant’s strengths, as well as where they need the most work — and what we hope to see in the future.”

Washington Post: Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

Washington Post: Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time. “For as much as we fret about snooping apps on our computers and phones, our homes are where the rubber really hits the road for privacy. It’s easy to rationalize away concerns by thinking a single smart speaker or appliance couldn’t know enough to matter. But across the increasingly connected home, there’s a brazen data grab going on, and there are few regulations, watchdogs or common-sense practices to keep it in check. Let’s not repeat the mistakes of Facebook in our smart homes. Any personal data that’s collected can and will be used against us. An obvious place to begin: Alexa, stop recording us.”

Yahoo News UK: 12,000 pieces of official govt advice added to Alexa and Google Home

Yahoo News UK: 12,000 pieces of official govt advice added to Alexa and Google Home. “Information on public services – from renewing a passport to the state pension – can now be accessed through voice-activated smart speakers and virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The government says the public can now access more than 12,000 pieces of official information from the Gov.uk website without having to search online.”

Bloomberg: Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Bloomberg: Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa. “Tens of millions of people use smart speakers and their voice software to play games, find music or trawl for trivia. Millions more are reluctant to invite the devices and their powerful microphones into their homes out of concern that someone might be listening. Sometimes, someone is.”