This is such an exciting day for me, and has made me think about how my Mycroft journey started. About a year ago, Mycroft CEO Joshua Montgomery asked me if I would be interested in helping create an artificial intelligence for our makerspace. He wanted to create an environment like the one in Star Trek or Iron Man – where an on-site AI was able to control the lights, locks and communications of the facility. The more I thought about the idea of a voice-enabled artificial intelligence that inhabited a physical space, the more excited I became. I dreamed of an entity that could understand natural language and answer questions, perform tasks, and interact with the environment.
So after spending a good bit of time at Pycon over the past week and a half I finally decided to push through and make the switch. I have been working with https://mycroft.ai/ In fact so much as you can see from this post I have removed my Alexa's. Let me explain why below. Alexa by nature is very insecure and I don't like the idea of not really knowing at any given time what is going on.
Mycroft AI, Inc. - the company behind Mycroft maintains the Cerberus device and account management system. By default the Mycroft software is configured to use Cerberus, upon any request such as "Hey Mycroft, what is the weather?", you will be informed that you need to pair and Mycroft will speak a 6-digit code, which you enter into the pairing page on the Cerberus site. Once signed and a device is paired, the unit will use our API keys for services, such as the STT (Speech-to-Text) API. It also uses allows you to use our API keys for weather, Wolfram-Alpha, and various other skills. It's useful to know the location of the identity file when troubleshooting device pairing issues.
Mycroft uses open software to process natural language, determine your intent and take action. As more and more people adopt Mycroft and develop modules the platform will learn to be more capable, more useful and more fun. As more programmers and makers find new things they want Mycroft to do, we'll share their hacks, tweaks, extensions and modules with the worldwide Mycroft community through a web-based repository. When you call him, he answers. Otherwise he ignores you so your conversations are confidential.