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My Favorite Raccoon; Boring Tunnel Update; Alexa, Explain; Speak Firefox
 

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June 15 · Issue #53 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

My Favorite Raccoon; Boring Tunnel Update; Alexa, Explain; Speak Firefox

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A wild life. I don’t know about you, but I was transfixed by the intrepid raccoon who scaled an entire St. Paul, Minn. building this week. She never gave up, never went back and, ultimately achieved her goal. I have some thoughts about this.
Inside the Mind of the Skyscraper-Scaling Raccoon – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Can you dig it. Elon Musk’s Boring Company is digging tunnels around the country to improve our terrible commutes. This week we got a visual update on the LA project and Chicago signed up for its own nigh-speed tunnel.
Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets OK to build Chicago high speed tunnel - NBC News
Alexa, no. Remember that time Amazon Alexa overheard a conversation and then sent a recording of it to a bunch of one woman’s contacts. It likely happened because the voice assistant heard “Alexa” and then thought it heard instructions to send a message. Now some U.S. Senators want specific answers from Amazon. Does this mean we’ll see Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sitting in a Senate Panel hot seat?
U.S. Senators ask Amazon how Alexa improperly sent a voice recording | VentureBeat
Hey Firefox. I used to use Firefox all the time and I’ve heard that the latest update is one of the best web browsers on the market, but I’ve moved on to Chrome and, sometimes, Microsoft Edge. Now, however, Firefox is planning to add Scout, a voice assistant to its Web browser. Imagine, no more clicking, just talking. Is this progress?
Firefox makers working on voice-controlled web browser called Scout - CNET
AI at work. I’m in London talking to Avanade and Blue Prism, two companies that help other companies get on the AI track without upending their business or employees. It’s a complicated dance I plan to learn a lot more about and hope to share with you in the coming months. The trip also means I’ll be taking a short break from LanceList. See you next week!
P.S. Don’t ever do this.
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