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At This Hackathon, Alexa Gives You More Than Just the Weather

At This Hackathon, Alexa Gives You More Than Just the Weather - PCMag Asia

At This Hackathon, Alexa Gives You More Than Just the Weather – PCMag Asiahttps://sea.pcmag.com/news/29158/at-this-hackathon-alexa-gives-you-more-than-just-the-weatherAt a recent USC hackathon, five teams had one night to make a voice-based digital assistant that helps people with developmental disabilities. Here’s who got the $10,000 grand prize.

Human or bot? Google Duplex scares

Human or bot? Google Duplex scares me - CNET

Human or bot? Google Duplex scares me – CNEThttps://www.cnet.com/news/google-duplex-assistant-bot-deception-scary-ethics-question/?ftag=CAD1acfa04&bhid=27170905380744054130315685538756In this age of disinformation, where fake news thrives and the public has trust issues with technology, Google designed a machine that can deceive humans. Gosh, what could go wrong?

Google goes for the wow at I/O, but what about privacy?

“We tell Facebook all about ourselves, but Google knows the real us,” says Brian Solis, an analyst at the Altimeter Group. “That’s why it’s so incredible — and also so dangerous at the same time.”

Google goes for the wow at I/O, but what about privacy? - CNET

Google goes for the wow at I/O, but what about privacy? – CNEThttps://www.cnet.com/news/google-goes-for-the-wow-at-io-2018-but-what-about-privacy-ai-virtual-assistant/?ftag=CAD1acfa04&bhid=27170905380744054130315685538756The search giant was mostly mum about privacy on the I/O main stage, but some Googlers talked data collection on the sidelines. ZDNet, CNET’s sister site, points out that there was no mention of privacy, and only one mention of security during the entire two-hour keynote on Tuesday, led by CEO Sundar Pichai.

18 silly (but fun) Amazon Echo commands

Alexa, more cowbell: 18 silly (but fun) Amazon Echo commands | ZDNet

Alexa, more cowbell: 18 silly (but fun) Amazon Echo commands | ZDNethttp://www.zdnet.com/article/alexa-more-cowbell-18-silly-but-fun-amazon-echo-commands/?promo=404&tag=nl.e404.em&ttag=e404&s_cid=e404&ftag=CAD-04-10aag0g&cval=cnet-nl-zd&bhid=27170905380744054130315685538756Amazon’s amazing Alexa AI assistant keeps getting smarter and smarter. Here are 18 dumb ways you can waste all that wonderful computing power.

Amazon brings its digital assistant to the office with Alexa for Business

Amazon brings its digital assistant to the office with Alexa for Business - TechRepublic

Amazon brings its digital assistant to the office with Alexa for Business – TechRepublichttps://www.techrepublic.com/article/amazon-brings-its-digital-assistant-to-the-office-with-alexa-for-business/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27689259515740508250262421970472At the 2017 AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon unveiled an enterprise-focused version of its cloud-based voice service, providing a service for provisioning and managing Alexa devices in the office. Alexa for Business will help start conferences, can lower blinds, dim lights, make calls, and schedule events in Office 365, G Suite, and on-premises Exchange accounts. Alexa for Business has many integrations, and users can merge their personal and business accounts for shared skills.

Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty

Sphero's voice-activated Spider-Man toy has charming comic-book AI - CNET

Sphero’s voice-activated Spider-Man toy has charming comic-book AI – CNEThttps://www.cnet.com/products/sphero-spider-man/preview/?ftag=CAD1acfa04&bhid=27170905380744054130315685538756Sphero is a company that makes robots, and remote-control toys. Spider-Man isn’t any of that. He’s a voice-activated doll, basically a large vinyl figure with moving limbs. But he is a talking, listening toy. It’s packed with 100 comic books’ worth of audio, according to Sphero. Maybe your next assistant will be Iron Man.

The key to a happy smart home? A stew of virtual assistants

Make room for more than one virtual assistant in your home - CNET

Make room for more than one virtual assistant in your home – CNEThttps://www.cnet.com/news/the-key-to-a-happy-smart-home-a-slew-of-virtual-assistants/Google and Amazon are wrestling to be your smart home assistant, and companies like Apple and Microsoft aren’t far behind. But you shouldn’t commit to just one company.

Got Alexa? 12 devices that extend its reach

Got Alexa? 12 devices that extend its reach | TechConnect

Got Alexa? 12 devices that extend its reach | TechConnecthttp://www.techconnect.com/article/3189310/personal-technology/got-alexa-12-devices-that-extend-its-reach.html?idg_eid=412374c121fe539738655f52ae490f8f&email_SHA1_lc=f6d5fe2a378ea202f8af35117edcb06be2465c6d&cid=tcon_nlt_techconnect_daily_2017-04-21&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TechConnect%20Daily%202017-04-21&utm_term=techconnect_dailyGot Alexa? Want Alexa? These 12 interesting devices work with Amazon’s personal assistant to provide news, information and other services.4

Tony Stark Has Jarvis. And Now IBM Has Havyn

by Brian Barrett @ wired.com

LAST OCTOBER, 11-YEAR-OLD Evan Spisak wandered down to his father’s basement workshop to help out on a weekend project, a time-honored tradition in homes across the country. But Evan’s father, Mike, is an IBM master inventor. And what they came up with was no birdhouse or pinewood derby car. It was Havyn, a homegrown voice assistant that taps into IBM’s enormous cybersecurity infrastructure, putting Watson’s AI smarts at their literal beck and call.

And while Havyn may have started as spare-time tinkering, a dozen analysts at IBM’s X-Force Command Centers—the G.I. Joe name the company gives its security operations hubs—in Atlanta, Boulder, Poland, and Costa Rica are already testing it in the real world.

A robot is coming for your job

by Aiden Livingston @ venturebeat.com

The gold rush for artificial intelligence (AI) is officially in full swing. Big players like Google and Facebook and small teams alike are in an all-out sprint toward the goal of creating the next generation of AI assistants that will fundamentally change how we live and work.