VOICE CONTROL WILL FORCE AN OVERHAUL OF THE WHOLE INTERNET
By Cade Metz
Mar 24 2015
Jason Mars built his own Siri and then he gave it away.
Mars is a professor of a computer science at the University of Michigan. Working alongside several other university researchers, he recently built a digital assistant that could instantly respond to voice commands—much like Siri, the talking assistant offered on the Apple iPhone. Then he open sourced the thing, freely sharing the underlying code with the world at large.
Known as Sirius, the project is a way for all sorts of other software coders to explore the complexities of modern speech recognition, and perhaps even add speech rec to their own mobile apps. This, Jason Mars realizes, is where the world is moving.
But the project has another aim. Mars also realizes that the massive computing centers that underpin today’s…
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