Keeping the internet open with an open-source virtual assistant

ECE Seminar: Keeping the internet open with an open-source virtual assistant


Starts at: October 26, 2017 4:30 PM

Ends at: 6:00 PM

Location: DH A302

Speaker: Dr. Monica Lam

Affiliation: Professor of Computer Science

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Virtual assistants, such as Alexa, Siri, and Google Home, are emerging as the super app that intermediates between users and their Iot devices and online services. As an intermediary, the virtual assistant sees all our personal data and has control over the services and vendors we use. A monopolistic virtual assistant would pose a great threat to personal privacy as well as open competition and innovation. This talk describes why the world needs an open-source virtual assistant to keep the internet open and how we’re building it.