This looks like fun – it’s Mycroft, an “open source AI” (basically, Siri, Cortana, Google Now etc). It would be even better if they did the language processing locally, but at least if it’s open source you can see what it is doing. There’s a stretch goal of $125k for Linux desktop control, which would be very cool. The drive closes in six days, and they still need $10,000 or so to hit their goal. Back it today; I have :-)
I like the idea, but it sounds like the actually speech processing will be a proprietary black-box API in the cloud. There is also no-one listed on the team as having any NLP or machine learning expertise, which means it will struggle to compete with the big names.
Well, if they aren’t writing their own NLP or machine learning, that’s not necessarily a problem. But I agree, it does speak against the immediate likelihood of them moving that function to be local.
Thing is, though, that a cloud-based service is always going to have a lot more data to work with, and so will probably produce better results. I don’t necessarily have an issue with this, as long as I know it’s happening, and as long as they only get data when I ask for something, not all the time.
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