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Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings

Fable Studio founder Edward Saatchi on designing virtual beings In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to change, at least in […]

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Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control

Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control Sonos revealed during its quarterly earnings report that it has acquired voice assistant startup Snips in a $37 million cash deal, Variety reported on Wednesday. Snips, which had been developing dedicated smart device assistants that can operate primarily locally, […]

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Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data? The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government […]

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Is Amazon’s Alexa ready to leave home and become a wearable voice assistant?

Is Amazon’s Alexa ready to leave home and become a wearable voice assistant? Amazon’s device event today played host to a dizzying number of product announcements, of all stripes – but notably, there are three brand new ways to wear Alexa on your body. Amazon clearly wants to give you plenty of […]

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Apple is turning Siri audio clip review off by default and bringing it in house

Apple is turning Siri audio clip review off by default and bringing it in house The top line news is that Apple is making changes to the way that Siri audio review, or ‘grading’ works across all of its devices. First, it is making audio review an explicitly opt-in process in an […]

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The BBC is developing a voice assistant, code named ‘Beeb’

The BBC is developing a voice assistant, code named ‘Beeb’ The BBC — aka, the British Broadcasting Corporation, aka the Beeb, aka Auntie — is getting into the voice assistant game. The Guardian reports the plan to launch an Alexa rival, which has been given the working title ‘Beeb’, and will apparently […]

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Facebook’s human-AI blend for audio transcription is now facing privacy scrutiny in Europe

Facebook’s human-AI blend for audio transcription is now facing privacy scrutiny in Europe Facebook’s lead privacy regulator in Europe is now asking the company for detailed information about the operation of a voice-to-text feature in Facebook’s Messenger app and how it complies with EU law. Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Facebook uses human […]

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Amazon’s lead EU data regulator is asking questions about Alexa privacy

Amazon’s lead EU data regulator is asking questions about Alexa privacy Amazon’s lead data regulator in Europe, Luxembourg’s National Commission for Data Protection, has raised privacy concerns about its use of manual human reviews of Alexa AI voice assistant recordings. A spokesman for the regulator confirmed in an email to TechCrunch it […]

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Amazon develops a new way to help Alexa answer complex questions

Amazon develops a new way to help Alexa answer complex questions Amazon’s Alexa AI team had developed a new training method for the virtual assistant that could greatly improve its ability to handle tricky questions. In a blog post, team lead Abdalghani Abujabal details the new method, which combines both text-based search […]

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Google’s new version of Android Auto focuses on Assistant

Google’s new version of Android Auto focuses on Assistant Google is starting to roll out an updated version of its in-car platform Android Auto that aims to make it easier and safer for drivers to use. The version, which was first revealed during Google I/O 2019, has a dark theme, new fonts and […]

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