‘Alexa, Monitor My Heart’: Researchers Develop First Contactless Cardiac Arrest AI System for Smart Speakers (Newswise)

Newswise: ‘Alexa, Monitor My Heart’: Researchers Develop First Contactless Cardiac Arrest AI System for Smart Speakers. “Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new tool to monitor people for cardiac arrest while they’re asleep without touching them. A new skill for a smart speaker— like Google Home and Amazon Alexa — or smartphone lets the device detect the gasping sound of agonal breathing and call for help..”

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.”

How to Geek: How to Stop All the Voice Assistants from Storing Your Voice

How-To Geek: How to Stop All the Voice Assistants from Storing Your Voice. “Voice assistants, like Google Assistant and Alexa, record what you say after the wake word to send off to company servers. The companies keep your recordings until you delete them. Some companies let you turn that behavior off: here’s how.”

Neowin: UN body raises concerns over digital assistants defaulting to female voices

Neowin: UN body raises concerns over digital assistants defaulting to female voices. “A new publication from UNESCO has raised concerns over digital assistants which default to a female voice and the impact this could be having on people. In the new report, called ‘I’d blush if I could’, UNESCO raises the concerns that it has and how they can be addressed.”

Search Engine Journal: 72% of People Have Used Voice Search Through a Digital Assistant in 2019

Search Engine Journal: 72% of People Have Used Voice Search Through a Digital Assistant in 2019 . “Microsoft’s 2019 Voice report analyzes the adoption and usage of voice-enabled technology, such as smart speakers and digital assistants. According to the report, 75% of households will have at least one smart speaker by 2020.”

Eyerys: ‘Q’, The First Gender-Neutral Digital Voice Assistant In Challenging Gender Stereotypes

Eyerys: ‘Q’, The First Gender-Neutral Digital Voice Assistant In Challenging Gender Stereotypes. “While some people may find a female voice to be more soothing, but in the world where technology is hardwiring sexism into the future, more and more people are demanding equality between genders. With so much female servitude in smart devices, this is where Q resides. Q, is considered the world’s first gender-neutral voice assistant.”