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For Disposable Voice Recognition, Take Cheap Chips and Add Simple AI

For Disposable Voice Recognition, Take Cheap Chips and Add Simple AI

Pete Warden wants you to throw your voice-recognition hardware in the trash. And then buy more—and more, and more. This Google engineer is on a quest to make voice recognition dirt cheap. His idea is simple enough: cut down the neural networks …Continue reading

Governments Are Testing Their Own Cryptocurrencies

The people of Sweden are breaking up with cash. The number of banknotes and coins in circulation has fallen to its lowest level in three decades. Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, estimates that cash transactions…

Apple Needs an Entirely New iPhone, Not Just a New Version

In 2007, I had a chunky feature phone with a pixelated display that slid sideways to reveal a keyboard. It wasn’t pretty, but it was fine for texting and making calls—which, at the time, was all I ever did with my phone.

This App May Be the Future of Bedtime Stories

The other day, I was reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar to my daughter. When I got to the part where the caterpillar ate through one apple, I paused, surprised by an unmistakable munching sound coming from my coffee table.

“Alexa, Understand Me”

On August 31, 2012, four Amazon engineers filed the fundamental patent for what ultimately became Alexa, an artificial intelligence system designed to engage with one of the world’s biggest and most tangled data sets: human speech….