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Hearing Voices - Issue #17 or "My name is really Siri...and my roommates name is Alexa!"

"My roommate's name is Alexa!"- a real person I met named Siri

Hearing Voices

March 24 · Issue #17 · View online
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“My roommate’s name is Alexa!”
- a real person I met named Siri

courtesy of my snapchat account, which you can find @MattHart88
courtesy of my snapchat account, which you can find @MattHart88
Appz To Try:
> If you download one fun voice-powered app to try this week, it should be Pitch Pal. You practice your presentation and it transcribes everything, highlighting “ums” and “uhs”. I often record myself to prepare for the occasional talk or wedding toast. This is a great way to practice. - different types of music to improve focus, meditation, & sleep
> Simple Habit - I saw this one at YCombinator demo day, it’s sort of like Netflix for Meditation
> HushMe - omg this is amazing. thanks @itsrickrobinson for directing me to this (via his post, which is below). It’s the “world’s first voice mask for mobile phones” that “protects speech privacy in open space environments”.  Really you have to see the picture to do it justice:
unclear if this is a joke
unclear if this is a joke
Other Newz:
> Google Home removes audio ads hours after introducing them - “By the way, Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast opens today,” Google Assistant said. “In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice. That rings truer if you ask me. For some more movie fun, ask me something about Belle.” Google released a statement: “This wasn’t intended to be an ad. What’s circulating online was a part of our My Day feature, where after providing helpful information about your day, we sometimes call out timely content. We’re continuing to experiment with new ways to surface unique content for users and we could have done better in this case.”)
> betaworks-backed Cue launches to let people use voice inside their hotel rooms
> Alexa is not coming to an office near you - @tedp argues “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” Not sure I agree.
Voice Bots Have One Big Problem: Human Behavior - by @itsrickrobinson, who describes the “I love you” problem with voice interfaces.

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