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    5 Awesome Illegal Uses for Alexa

    Shelly Palmer 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...
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    Alexa, The Killer App

    Shelly Palmer The superstar of CES® 2017 was not a car, or a robot, or even a TV; it was Alexa Voice Service (AVS), the software that allows you to control compatible devices with your voice. Various reports estimated there were 700–1,100 Alexa-controllable products at the show. I can’t...
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    Just How Dangerous Is Alexa?

    Just How Dangerous Is Alexa? Shelly Palmer The “willing suspension of disbelief” is the idea that we (the audience, readers, viewers, content consumers) are willing to suspend judgment about the implausibility of the narrative for the quality of our own enjoyment. We do it all the time. Two-dimensional video...
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    A Summer Snowball Fight & Holiday Wishes

    Shelley Palmer I just got off the phone with a very dear friend who called to tell me that he had just resigned from his very high-paying, superpowerful job. Before I could ask, he started to tell me his reasons. You’ve heard them all before: a sick relative needs...
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    Trump’s Tech Summit: What’s Next for Silicon Valley?

    Logan Pollard California News Service  President-elect Donald Trump met last week with key leaders of technology companies from Silicon Valley to discuss job creation, and promised he’d help them continue to innovate. But did he convince them – or the public? It was a “Who’s Who” of major tech...
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    Facebook to Curate News: Good Effort or Flawed Proposition?

    Logan Pollard California News Service  MENLO PARK, Calif. – Silicon Valley giant Facebook has outlined plans to use third-party fact checkers to vet some of its news content. Facebook has come under pressure from users on both the left and right, decrying its use of data collection and charging...
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    Tech & Trump

    As Tech CEOs meet Trump, Silicon Valley Rising urges companies to stand for human rights, be a model of inclusion and opportunity On Wednesday December 14th, executives from Silicon Valley’s largest technology companies including Apple, Alphabet, Cisco, Facebook, Intel, Oracle and Tesla met with President-Elect Trump to discuss collaboration...
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    Robot Loving is Almost Here

    Shelly Palmer  Westworld has inspired some of the best, most engaging (mercifully apolitical) conversations I’ve had in a very long while. The series is both entertaining and thought-provoking. If you haven’t seen it, Westworld is an HBO series, based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie, about a futuristic amusement...
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    Should You Buy an Ultra HD Premium TV?

    Shelly Palmer  Ultra HD (aka 4K) televisions have been widely available (at reasonable prices) for only a couple of years. The sets have four times the pixels of good old-fashioned HDTVs (aka 2K) and come in practical sizes up to 7′ diagonal. That’s all great, but with the advent...