Apple considering offline mode for Siri

Not sure about how you use Siri or other voice assistants. For me, it’s in the car mostly or in other locations that just don’t have connectivity in that moment I’d need assistance. Local voice processing – in other words no cloud required – would indeed be a huge step for Apple or the technology as such. It’d also be an improvement looking at it from the privacy perspective.

If only Siri became better in understanding me.

Apple wants Siri to become more useful to users when not connected to the internet, including the possibility of an offline mode that does not rely on a backend server to assist with voice recognition or performing the required task, one that would be entirely performed on the user’s device.

Source: Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone

Amazon could write books.

Today in dystopian news: Amazon, the book selling department, controlling about 40% of the US book market, collects reading habbits from their sales and Kindle. By now the corporation knows enough about it’s customers it could be generating best selling books. Spookey. And potentially game changing, when machines replace creative professions.

Amazon has the ability to track vast amounts of reader data and use it to change the landscape of American fiction.

Source: Amazon has so much data it could make algorithm-driven fiction — Quartz

Digitalisierung in Deutschland

Heute in der Welt:

Wie der Versuch Produkte zu schützen Digitalisierung, bei der es vorrangig um Dienstleistungen geht, behindert.

Leistungsschutzrecht: Was die Digitalstrategie der Regierung durchkreuzen kann: In wenigen Tagen wird ein EU-weites Leistungsschutzrecht beschlossen. Es enthält eine Regel, die das Kanzleramt in Aufregung versetzt. Sie droht die Bemühungen, den Anschluss an das digitale Zeitalter zu finden, zu untergraben.
— Weiterlesen www.welt.de/politik/deutschland/article183795474/Leistungsschutzrecht-Was-die-Digitalstrategie-der-Regierung-durchkreuzen-kann.html

`Keep Talkin’ Larry’: Amazon Is Close to Tossing Oracle Software – Bloomberg

It’s a huge effort considering the scale of the project and the relevance of customer data for Amazon. Given their cloud business and it’s maturity – AWS is more than 10 years old by now and leading the pack – this move seems overdue.

Amazon.com Inc. has taken another step toward eliminating software from Oracle Corp. that has long helped the e-commerce giant run its retail business.

Source: `Keep Talkin’ Larry’: Amazon Is Close to Tossing Oracle Software – Bloomberg