If you let your imagination run wild in the world of automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language understanding (NLU), and you throw in a little fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD), you can come up with several illegal uses for systems such as Alexa Voice Service, Google Home, Siri, and Cortana that will give you pause. Just for fun, let’s play pretend in our world of infinite possibilities.
Shelly Palmer talks about Google's new products including, the Pixel phone, Google Home and more with Richard Quest on CNN. Original Airdate: October 4, 2016
Shelly Palmer talks about what Google is likely to unveil at its press conference today with Robert Moses and Kerry Drew on Fox 5 New York. Original Airdate: October 4, 2016
Sometimes I walk into a room and say, “Alexa, what’s the temperature outside?” She answers by speaking the current temperature followed by an abbreviated weather report. She’s so human-like, I have to resist the temptation to say “Thank you” when she finishes. Importantly, Alexa is not a she; it is a component of Amazon's Echo natural language processing system. Amazon has anthropomorphized Echo with a female voice and a feminine name, which makes it easy to call Alexa a “she.” Should we be polite when we speak to it, or is it OK to be abrupt or even abusive? The device won’t care. It doesn't have feelings; but how will we teach our children to differentiate between machines that sound and act like people, and other disembodied voices that actually are people?
Shelly Palmer talks about Google's April Fools prank and how it went wrong on CNN with Richard Quest. Original Airdate: April 1, 2016