Voice Assistants: Friends or Foe

Voice Assistants: Friends or Foe

Iron Man has its own personal assistant “J.A.R.V.I.S” as we saw in the many movies of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Generally, his voice assistant “J.A.R.V.I.S” helps Iron man in difficult situations to rescue the scenario and sometimes make him happy by cracking jokes with tony stark like a real friend. After watching this scene every MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Iron man fan wants someone like J.A.R.V.I.S.

Voice Assistants

Tech giants Amazon, Google and Apple launch their voice assistants devices a couple of years ago in the market for public use. Amazon named its voice assistant device “Amazon Echo” which has voice assistant “Alexa”. Google launches “Google Home” without its assistants’ name which greatly marketized in India in recent times. Apple launches its home assistant “Apple HomePod” with its prominent assistant “Siri”.

These IoT (Internet of things) devices are getting popular because of its generous requirement and Integration with various other smart devices and systems.

These assistant devices are IoT devices that allow the voice assistants to the whole operation and perform all the possible functionality these Tech companies have to offer. The voice assistants like Siri, Cortana, Alexa works on intelligence speech recognition systems that perform a task on voice commands. With time and a good collection of data, these voice assistants are getting smarter day by day. The very first voice assistant was developed by IBM which was “IBM ShoeBox” for serving their purpose.

The best thing about installing one of these kinds of devices in our home is they help us in many ways. Since they are IoT devices and have privileges to integrate with other devices like smartphones, smart home security systems and with personal computers also. So these home assistants can suggest to us what to do based on the data which they gather from other devices. For instance, you’ll get soothing music with favorite color shade lights in your home when you reach after having a hard day at the workplace.

Like we accept and adopt smartphones as our basic needs, in upcoming time we may see this kind of smart device in every home like a basic home appliance.

In recent times, one lady in the USA who uses Amazon Alexa filed a court case because Alexa records her kid’s voice without her kid’s permission. The court found Amazon guilty because of violating privacy policy and amazon paid compensation to that lady. This is an example that these home assistant monitoring us in so many ways and sending our data in different ways to these companies. This is also a serious concern to think before purchasing such a device.

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