Stanford Developing Privacy Minded Alternative to Alexa

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Stanford Developing Privacy Minded Alternative to Alexa

Alright, hey guys, Mark Phillips here with SimpliSpoken. This is the SimpliSpoken on Voice Daily Flash Briefing, we’re back again to talk just a little bit about an announcement we saw recently, which is the announcement from the Stanford folks and the Stanford folks have announced their privacy minded alternative to Alex and Siri. So that’s kind of an interesting, interesting body of work. They have a grant from the National Science Foundation. And their idea is basically that they are going to have sort of a Switzerland for systems that use human language to control things. So an independent private interface to virtual assistants. And so that is interesting in the sense that a lot of technology and innovation has come out of Stanford, and they have access to a lot of intellectual capital. And they have a grant from the National Science Foundation so that the group is called Almond. And they’re arguing that you should have a virtual assistant, which is decentralized and simply connected by a set of universal standards for how information is stored and shared. So they’ve released a kind of a beta version of that service. And it’ll be interesting. It’ll be interesting to see how that works. They’re going to make that software freely available. And then they will encourage folks to connect to that virtual Almon virtual assistant through a Wikipedia style service that they’re calling thing Thingpedia. So that shared sort of service and they hope that they can kind of leapfrog the competitors. And actually, basically, I think, they they really just want to be an independent broker of voice assistants. So that’s interesting that is you know, we know that Sri and Adam Cheyer and a bunch of folks that are big thinkers have come out of that kind of academic research environment and created some very, very cool stuff. So we’ll follow that one with interest and we’d encourage you to hop over to the skill store give us good review. That’s the SimpliSpoken on Voice Daily Flash Briefing. Thanks, guys.

 

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