Using Voice Recognition in Genealogy: Names and dates and places (Genealogy’s Star)

Genealogy’s Star: Using Voice Recognition in Genealogy: Names and dates and places. “Over the years, I have used voice recognition software off and on, always hoping that it would become the solution to quickly entering information so that I could avoid typing. Most recently, voice recognition software has become ubiquitous with smartphones and apps such as Siri and Google Assistant or one of the many other such programs. For example, when I get a phone message on my iPhone, the message is automatically transcribed into text.”

Slate: How Will Voice Control Change the Web Browser?

Slate: How Will Voice Control Change the Web Browser? “We all know how to use a desktop browser. You type in a URL or search term, head to the website of your choice, and read the information it serves up. While browsers have added some bells and whistles—additional security features to protect your data while browsing, for example, or things like Reading Lists to circle back to longreads when you’ve got extra time—their general operation and navigation hasn’t changed much over the past decade. Now, a new trend is gaining traction—voice control—and it could give us a new way to browse the internet.”

TechCrunch: Google Assistant’s ‘Continued Conversation’ feature is now live

TechCrunch: Google Assistant’s ‘Continued Conversation’ feature is now live. “Google I/O was awash with Assistant news, but Duplex mystery aside, Continued Conversation was easily one of the most compelling announcements of the bunch. The feature is an attempt to bring more naturalized conversation to the AI — a kind of holy grail with these sorts of smart assistants. Continued Conversation is rolling out to Assistant today for users in the U.S. with a Home, Home Mini and Home Max.”

Search Engine Journal: Every Digital Assistant You Need to Know & Understand

Search Engine Journal: Every Digital Assistant You Need to Know & Understand. “Digital assistants are more popular than ever before. Almost half of Americans now use them – a testament to the technology’s growing value and place as a viable channel for commerce and customer engagement. But what exactly is a digital assistant?”

New York Times: Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

New York Times: Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.. “Over the past two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that they can send hidden commands that are undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Inside university labs, the researchers have been able to secretly activate the artificial intelligence systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them dial phone numbers or open websites. In the wrong hands, the technology could be used to unlock doors, wire money or buy stuff online — simply with music playing over the radio.”

TechCrunch: Younger consumers adopt voice technology faster, but use voice assistants less, report claims

TechCrunch: Younger consumers adopt voice technology faster, but use voice assistants less, report claims. “Here’s an odd juxtaposition for you. According to a new report on voice assistants released today by PwC, younger users are adopting voice technology at a faster rate than their older counterparts, but are somehow using their voice assistants less often. The report found that users 18 through 24 had fewer ‘heavy’ users of voice technology, compared with those 25 to 49, and 50 or older.”

BetaNews: Amazon launches Alexa Skill Blueprints

BetaNews: Amazon launches Alexa Skill Blueprints. “As Apple’s HomePod fails due to a still-disappointing Siri, Google and Amazon’s offerings remain the cream of the crop. Which of those two you prefer is a matter of personal preference, although I prefer Alexa having tried both. Today, Alexa is getting a unique new feature that sets it apart from Google even more. Called ‘Alexa Skill Blueprints,’ you can easily create custom Skills without any programming experience.”