This is tricky. There may be a time we are unaware of all of the ways AI may assist our writing. Is auto-correct AI? How about auto-suggest? Your article was surfaced to me through AI because of my interest in the topic. What if my AI is able to change what I'm reading to make me comprehend it better? Or if it's translated, or read through speech synthesis with emphasis put on different consonants?

If you use a machine to write a title or big chunks of text, that's the easy part to disclose. It's all the stuff that we don't see that's hard to expose.

The coming flattening of future distribution

One of my favorite quotes that’s attributed to William Gibson is:

“The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”

The way I interpret this is that there are already advanced technologies that will change how we live our lives they’ve been implemented. …

Building Consumer Devices for the Long Term

Some tech ages well, some tech doesn’t. When we were working on the Ubi in (a voice-based computer similar to the Echo) in 2012 and 2013, we had no consideration of how the devices would operate after being in use for many years. We didn’t have the means (or knowledge)…

Thinking back to how I thought a few years ago, one question that I constantly thought about was whether we’d pass a Touring Test for speech synthesis. Now, I’m not sure if that matters for most applications. I know that Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are not real people. …

A critique of What’s New

Re-reading the past ten “Keep up with Alexa” newsletters was an interesting exercise. It revealed that those newsletters don’t really talk about what’s new but try to highlight interesting applications of Alexa. Jeopardy was mentioned multiple times. The Tonight Show got a few mentions. …

Leor Grebler

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