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Journalist Vlahos explores the increasingly ubiquitous presence of voice computing in his thought-provoking debut. He convincingly argues that the “latest technological disruption is happening, and it promises to be one of the most sizable and momentous that the world has ever seen.” Vlahos orients the reader with a discussion of the recent developments in voice computing, culminating in Apple’s creation of the Siri tool now integrated into every iPhone, before moving onto Amazon, Google, and Microsoft’s competitive efforts. Vlahos also briefly covers earlier voiced technology, such as Thomas Edison’s talking dolls of the 1870s and Eliza, a psychotherapist chatbot created in the 1960s. Evincing a talent for making the technical both easily understandable and intriguing, he explains how developers today are trying to further improve the user experience through machine learning, the process of “feeding vast amounts of data into computers so they can teach themselves how the world works.” Finally, Vlahos examines recent applications, including Mattel’s work encoding conversational abilities into its Hello Barbie doll, and potential privacy drawbacks. Readers will finish this timely book with a newfound appreciation for, and perhaps some apprehension toward, their favorite voice bot and the technological marvel it represents. (Apr.) Reviewed on : 02/01/2019 Release date: 01/22/2019 Genre: Nonfiction Ebook - 978-1-328-71555-5Book - 978-1-328-60671-6 Show other formats FORMATS Buy this book Amazon Apple Books Barnes & Noble IndieBound Discover what to read next TIP SHEET MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE ADVERTISEMENT MORE FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY PW's Summer Reads 2019 The Real Sherlock Holmes PW Picks: Books of the Week 5 Writing Tips from Mark Bowden About Us| Contact Us| Submission Guidelines| Subscriber Services| Advertising Info| Terms of Use| Privacy Policy| Calls for Info| Editorial Calendar| Archives| Press| FAQ © PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. News Obituaries Book Deals Financial Reporting Page to Screen Bookselling Awards & Prizes Publisher News Comics Business Deals Shows & Events Cooking People Religion Audio Books Manufacturing Marketing PW Tip Sheet Licensing Book It BookExpo Reviews Fiction Mystery/Thriller Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Romance/Erotica Comics Poetry Inspirational Fiction Nonfiction Lifestyle Religion Children's Web Exclusive BookLife Bestsellers Bio & Autobio Children's Frontlist Fiction Children's Picture Books Comics Fantasy Food & Drink Hardcover Frontlist Fiction Hardcover Frontlist Nonfiction History & Poli-Sci Mass Market Frontlist Mystery Religion Fiction Religion Nonfiction Romance Science Fiction Top 10 Overall Trade Paper Frontlist Children's Authors Book News Industry News Authors Profiles Interviews Why I Write BookLife MFA Announcements Adult Announcements Children's Announcements Religion Listings On-Sale Calendar Galley Talk Digital Devices Copyright Retailing Conferences Content / e-books Apps Digital MarketplaceThe Roundup International Deals News Trade Shows Frankfurt Book Fair London Book Fair New York Rights Fair Translation Database Job ZoneJob Moves Opinion ShelfTalker Soapbox Editorials Common Core Open Book X X Loading...