Medium: Voice Technology is an Opportunity to Make Weird Stuff

Medium: Voice Technology is an Opportunity to Make Weird Stuff. “I’ve recently been working with friends at the Google Creative Lab on something I’ve been interested in awhile: how people and computers talk to each other. It’s a theme I’ve played with in previous projects I made, but we explored it in a new dimension: voice.”

Digital Trends: Russian Search Engine Yandex Debuts Its Own Voice Assistant, Alice

Digital Trends: Russian Search Engine Yandex Debuts Its Own Voice Assistant, Alice. “The Russian search engine known as Yandex has officially launched Alice — its own voice assistant. Alice only speaks Russian, but is specifically built to interact with others, understand users’ requests, and provide answers to their questions.”

TechCrunch: Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

TechCrunch: Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers. “The smart home assistant race has been building to a fever pitch over the course of the last couple of years. Things really came to head this past two weeks, when Amazon, Google and Sonos all held big events highlighting their latest smart speaker plays, making the already busy field a heck of a lot more crowded.”

Fast Company Design: A Simple Design Flaw Makes It Astoundingly Easy To Hack Siri And Alexa

Fast Company Design: A Simple Design Flaw Makes It Astoundingly Easy To Hack Siri And Alexa. “Chinese researchers have discovered a terrifying vulnerability in voice assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, and Huawei. It affects every iPhone and Macbook running Siri, any Galaxy phone, any PC running Windows 10, and even Amazon’s Alexa assistant.”

TechCrunch: Amazon’s Alexa passes 15,000 skills, up from 10,000 in February

TechCrunch: Amazon’s Alexa passes 15,000 skills, up from 10,000 in February. “Amazon’s Alexa voice platform has now passed 15,000 skills – the voice-powered apps that run on devices like the Echo speaker, Echo Dot, newer Echo Show and others. The figure is up from the 10,000 skills Amazon officially announced back in February, which had then represented a 3x increase from September.”

MIT Technology Review: An Open-Source (and Cute) Alternative to Amazon Echo

MIT Technology Review: An Open-Source (and Cute) Alternative to Amazon Echo. “Mark 1 is no Amazon Echo: it looks like an ’80s clock radio mashed up with WALL-E, and speaks with a robotic, bass-heavy British accent. But the startup behind it, Mycroft, hopes it has similar appeal to hackers, students, and companies who want a voice-enabled assistant that they can run on all kinds of devices and alter at will.”

Gizmodo: All the Cool New Stuff Google Home Can Do

Gizmodo: All the Cool New Stuff Google Home Can Do . “Google just announced new updates to Assistant and Google Home. The smart speaker leans on Assistant to offer voice controls and artificially intelligent, well, assistance. But until now, the gadget hasn’t really been able to do that much. Thanks to some updates, however, that might change very soon.”