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AI Weekly: Amazon, Facebook and Google fight scandals and sell smart monitors



This was one of the busiest weeks in recent memory for AI assistants from Facebook, Google and Amazon, as each of these companies began rolling out the new category of smart displays with AI assistants, speakers and a monitor.

The same week as a new wave of echo devices came on the market like Echo Dot and Echo Show, Google Home Hub, Pixel 3, Pixel Stand and Pixel Slate debuted.

Å and Facebook rolled out Portal and Portal + devices for Facebook Messenger video chat and Alexa.

What is absolutely amazing and inevitable is that while each of the stories evolved and technological giants made a tone to be invited to your home, there were perennial events that could doubt you whether these companies could protect your privacy or be trusted.

A reasonable person could have seen Facebook on Monday and scoffed on the gallows by rolling out a video chat device in the home just days after leaving 50 million us. Are accounts vulnerable and personal information to 30 million users is stolen, but then Google had to shut down Google+ one day before the hardware event. And one day before the Echo Show and Echo Dot hit the market, we found out that Amazon has used an algorithm in its recruitment and recruitment processes that penalize applications with "women" in them for years.

It is very difficult to measure the impact of these things at adoption rates, but it takes into account a Pricewaterhousecoopers survey released earlier this year, and found that around 1

0 percent of people do not own smart speakers due to privacy issues.

Anyone who reads this article has probably spoken to a family member or friend who refuses to use a smart speaker for these reasons, but no rebellion seems to be running. Smart speaker sales have grown steadily for a while now and it does not work as this week will change it. However, the continuing concern about how they perceive can stifle innovation.

Consumer privacy processes prompted Facebook to limit Portal's initial usage cases, and expand much of its knowledge about your social life, and that's potential why Portal did not debut with facial recognition software as it was originally reported.

That's why Google says that the home button has no camera; But I think there's more to that story.

Confidence or desire to be seen as reliable will shape parts of these devices because these companies must convince the world not only that they sell more than a smart speaker with a screen but that they can count on.

The latest technology and AI, along with video partners like Hulu, will certainly help increase the adoption of AI assistants, but trust is also a necessary ingredient. That seems to be necessary for more experimentation and better experiences, and can play a role in determining whether people allow them in their homes.

For AI coverage, send news tips to Kyle Wiggers and Khari Johnson – and be sure to bookmark our AI channel.

Thank you for reading,

Khari Johnson
AI Staff Writer

PS Please enjoy this YouTube video from Berkeley AI researchers about training AI acrobatics from YouTube videos. You can read more in this VB article on the paper released Tuesday.

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