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. …

It's such a relief that the pandemic hasn't put an end to craziness.

Thanks for posting this - I look forward to the article every month. Often times, it's fun to just to hear the crazy news. But then I remember that I pitched for funding and wasn't as successful as many of the startups that are mentioned here. Then I'm sad.

Looking forward to the next post!

Leor Grebler

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