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How To Build A Speech Recognition Bot With Python


You may have realized something now. The overwhelming success of speech-enabled products like Amazon Alexa has proven that some degree of speech support will be an essential aspect of household technology for the foreseeable future. In other words, speech-enabled products would be a game changer as that offer a level of interactivity and accessibility that few technologies can match. Check out what books helped 20 successful data scientists grow in their career. Speed is a big reason voice is poised to become the next major user interface.

Researchers compile list of 1,000 words that accidentally trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

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Researchers in Germany have compiled a list of more than 1,000 words that will inadvertently cause virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri to become activated. Once activated, these virtual assistants create sound recordings that are later transmitted to platform holders, where they may be transcribed for quality assurance purposes or other analysis. According to the team, from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Max Planck Institute for Cyber Security and Privacy in Germany, this has'alarming' implications for user privacy and likely means short recordings of personal conversations could periodically end up in the hands of Amazon, Apple, Google, or Microsoft workers. Researchers in Germany tested virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's Cortana, and found more than 1,000 words or phrases that would inadvertently activate each device The group tested Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, as well as three virtual assistants exclusive to the Chinese market, from Xiaomi, Baidu, and Tencent, according to a report from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum news blog. They left each virtual assistant alone in a room with a television that played dozens of hours of episodes from Game of Thrones, Modern Family, and House of Cards, with English, German, and Chinese audio tracks for each.

The Case For Smart Assistants in Every Device


As smart home technology has progressed over the last five years, the interconnectedness of devices has been the central draw. The ability to tie your household lights to your front door, or to connect a security system to sirens throughout the home, appeals to people due to the convenience and peace of mind it can provide. Smart assistants have been the major development, however. The birth and rise of Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant has played a critical role in the development of smart technology. Despite the controversy these technologies generated, particularly surrounding privacy implications, more and more devices enter the market with built-in voice assistants.

Amazon Echo vs. Echo Dot--what's the difference?

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Alexa is the world's most popular smart assistant and the driving force behind Amazon's beloved Echo smart speaker lineup. These voice-controlled, Alexa-enabled smart speakers can be used to manage your smart home, give you the forecasts for the day ahead, and much more. If you're thinking about inviting Alexa into your home via one of Amazon's Echo speakers, you may be wondering which one to buy. We took a look at two of Amazon's most popular smart speakers, the Echo (third-generation) and the Echo Dot (third-generation) to help you decide which of these handy smart speakers is best for you. The Echo Dot (third-generation) is one of the smallest Amazon Echo smart speakers. The most obvious visual difference between the Echo Dot and the Echo is the size.

Inclusive Conversational AI: The case of female voice assistants


The idea of designing an artificial woman is a tale as old as time. We can go back over 2000 years to Ancient Greece and find the myth of Galatea and Pygmalion. Pygmalion was a sculptor who fell in love with one of his statues which was granted life by Aphrodite. In modern times, we have countless examples of female AI personas, both in science fiction and in real-live systems. Some are embodied, such as Sophia, but some are purely voice-based, such as Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's array of bots such as Cortana, Xiaoice and Zo.

5 reasons to upgrade to a smart thermostat this summer

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The updated Amazon Alexa Plus is seen above. When it comes to making your home smart, you need the right gear. Amazon's Alexa resides in millions of households and make sure you get the most out of yours. Tap or click for 13 Alexa skills you'll use over and over again. While you're adjusting settings, it's not just snooping Big Tech companies you need to guard against.

Call For a Wake Standard for Artificial Intelligence

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Apple pioneered the voice revolution in 2011 with the introduction of Siri in its iPhone 4s. Today, you tell your iPhone 11, "Hey Siri, Play Bruce Springsteen by Spotify," and it responds, "I can't talk to Spotify, but you can use Apple music instead," politely displaying options on the screena as shown in the figure here. Or, you tell one of your five Amazon Echo devices at home, "Alexa, add pumpkin pie to my Target shopping list,"b then "order AA Duracell batteries," and it adds pumpkin pie and Amazon Basics batteries to your Amazon shopping cart, ignoring your request to shop at Target and be loyal to Duracell. You are the consumer, but your choices have been ignored. Or, consider you are a brand manager.

Amazon's smart gadgets are currently reduced by up to 40%

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Better yet, all of these gadgets can be delivered next day to your door, which is perfect if you're looking for a last-minute gift. Savings include a mega discount on Amazon's most popular Alexa smart speaker, which has been slashed to its lowest price to date this year. Plus, you can pre-order the all-new Fire 7 Tablet now and receive 17 per cent off. What dad wouldn't appreciate new tech this Father's Day? Ahead, check out the best Amazon device deals that would make great gifts. If your dad is after a smart speaker, then this deal is for you.

Amazon Echo Auto launches in the UK and Ireland

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The first Amazon Echo device designed for use in a car has finally been launched in the UK and Ireland, after being first revealed by the tech giant back in 2018. Amazon Echo Auto allows drivers to play music, check the news, make calls and check their schedule without taking hands off the wheel or eyes off the road. The £49.99 device, which clips to car air vent mounts, is powered by Alexa, the company's digital assistant, just like the rest of the Echo smart speaker range. Drivers can use Alexa voice commands such as'Alexa, start my road trip playlist' to enjoy their journey safely without being distracted by their phone. The three-inch-long black box gets internet connectivity by connecting to a user's smartphone and the Alexa app, and using its existing data plan.

Among Alexa's lesser-known abilities: You can ask the digital assistant about COVID-19 symptoms

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If you're one of the 60 million or so Americans who own a smart speaker – yes, that's about 1 in 4 adults – you already know the basics of these trendy hands-free gadgets. Enable the speaker with its "wake word" – such as saying "Alexa" for an Amazon Echo device ($29-up) – and then ask a question to receive an immediate answer in a friendly, human-sounding voice. The device can do things as simple as acting as a timer to delivering directions, traffic, recipes, music and podcasts, so it's easy to appreciate the value of an always-on virtual assistant. And hey, it's also cool to simply ask one to turn on the lights or turn down the temperature, and it just, well, works – if you have connected compatible devices, that is. Apple Notes:5 incredibly useful things you didn't know it could do If you answer "No," she'll say "OK, stay safe."