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Stanford scientists look for a privacy-minded alternative to Alexa and Siri

The researchers' biggest concern is that virtual assistants, as they are designed today, could have a far greater impact on consumer information than today's websites and apps

John Markoff | NYT 

It has been almost two decades since Google started to dominate internet search the way Microsoft dominated software for personal computers a generation earlier. Now computer scientists at Stanford University are warning about the consequences of a race to control what they believe will be the next key consumer technology market — virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. The group at Stanford, led by Monica Lam, a computer systems designer, last month received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is for an internet ...

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First Published: Sat, June 15 2019. 22:58 IST
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