- by Michelle, Data Doctor
- 7/3/2017 8:54:19 PM
Yeah -- I would guess we're (THEY) are a lot closer to that reality than we might think. I always assumed government spying technology is leaps and bounds ahead. It seems like it might be easy to use pattern recognition to find these numbers since we use a certain cadence with each type.
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 7/3/2017 5:31:45 PM
Seth writes that "If you were writing a novel via voice recogintion you would have a sore throat after a while. "
Well, I am writing a novel using Dragon a lot of the time and I have no sore throat problems. However, I typically write just a few paragraphs at a time. I suppose I might at least get a bit hoarse if I kept going beyond that ...
- 7/3/2017 8:10:50 AM
The technology to pick keywords out of recorded text exists and has existed for quite some time. About a decade ago I was doing recording, speech to text and tagging key words inside that text for call center operations. I have no doubts that Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft are all building databases of keywords or phrases. In their defense, they are probably building those lists to add features to their products. The huge negative is that if someone with bad intentions gets ahold of those recordings it isn't difficult to start matching patterns and building a database of sensitive information.
- 7/3/2017 12:09:23 AM
I just read another article that says while the devices are always listening, they are not recording until you say an activation word that wakes them up.
But I have real doubts that because I've gone to my Google account and listend and saw hundreds of recordings that I didn't initiate. They might say the device misinterpreted a sound as an activation word but I don't hear the people around me saying things that sound like "Ok Google" and so on.
- 7/3/2017 12:03:12 AM
I wonder how easy or how close we are to searching voice recordings for specific words or patterns. For instance could a search be done to pick up 9 digits in a row for a social security number or 16 digits in a row for a credit card number. I imagine the NSA must have some type of technology when it is going over all our phone conversations.
- 6/29/2017 8:34:04 AM
Agreed, I mentioned earlier about recording SSN, bank account info, etc. I know that at least once a month in my house there's a conversation where personal info that could be used for identity theft is relayed across a room to fill out forms or log on to an online service. I'm sure the Alexa DB is ripe with information that identity thieves would love to get their hands on.
- 6/28/2017 3:03:12 PM
I think people will be more comfortable talking to robots with it becomes easier on the voice. For example speaking to your computer takes a bit more effort . If you were writing a novel via voice recogintion you would have a sore throat after a while.
I look at Amazon Alexa as putting a spying device right in your living room where any hacker of government can just listen in. We already know that Google stores tons of audio recordings that were not initiated by users that they say are used to improve their service.
- 6/9/2017 8:14:56 AM
Millennials don't even like to talk to each other so I don't know that they would talk to a robot either. I know a lot of our futurist media has us giving commands to computer via a voice interface but in practice I haven't seen it catching on. The Xbox has included voice commands built in for years that turn it on/off or opens menus. My nephews still push the power button because the voice command irritate them. Even with applications like Siri or Cortana I see a lot of typing and not a lot of talking. I don't know if this is a disconnect because it's a little weird to talk to a machine or if the technology isn't advanced enough that we consistently get good results speaking to a machine but I think voice interface to anything is going to take some time.
- by Lyndon_Henry, Blogger
- 6/8/2017 9:02:54 PM
I could go on listing devices that are really just marketing devices placed in your home and disguised as personal assistants that have fizzled out over the years. I think all of the "home" devices that are popping up right now fall into that category, most people don't want to talk to their devices yet so I think we have more than a few years before these are viable products.
A couple of things make me wonder whether viability of these devices might be closer than one would think. First, Alexa had a minor character role on the hit TV series Mr. Robot, which would seem to say something (though I'm not sure what). Second, one of our recent A2 discussions revealed that Millennials might seem to prefer to interact with robots rather than humans. If they're that drawn to gadgets over mundane everyday people (and presumably ordinary light switches and stuff), I'd suspect they will provide a major market for these new AI devices.
Gee, I'm starting to feel so obsolete ...