Privacy options don’t boost trust in voice assistants

For some users, having the option to control privacy settings actually reduced their trust in voice assistants like Alexa.

Jessica Hallman-Penn State • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: internet trust privacy science-and-technology voice-technology gadgets

Speech recognition is half as accurate with black speech

The top five automated speech recognition systems—used by employers and courts—make double the errors when black speakers use them, research finds.

Edmund L. Andrews-Stanford • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: speech bias science-and-technology voice-technology race-and-ethnicity

‘Surfing attacks’ could let hackers read your texts

Surfing attacks use ultrasonic waves to control your phone from afar. They could let hackers make calls or read texts, all without you knowing.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: privacy security hackers mobile-devices featured science-and-technology voice-technology ultrasound

How well do cops identify ‘digital evidence’?

"There's a greater degree of recognition of what to do in the scene than I would have thought..."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: electronics mobile-devices science-and-technology crimes police-officers voice-technology

Laser pointers can hijack your virtual assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant are vulnerable to hijacking via "Light Commands" with as little as a regular laser pointer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: light sensors security hackers science-and-technology voice-technology

5 things about technology give kids the creeps

What is "creepy technology" to kids? One example: A child asked a digital voice assistant if it would kill him in his sleep. It said, "I can't answer that."

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
May 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence robots design fears featured science-and-technology voice-technology

We want chatbots to express emotions the right way

Most people in a new study preferred emotional repsonses from chatbots, but that may change depending on your beliefs about machines with feelings.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 1, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence communication emotions science-and-technology voice-technology

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