Voice is coming to every device, every platform and every household globally. The technology is becoming a critical part of nearly every technology stack, and has a growing presence within the home as an AI assistant.
This calls for voice to be flexible, customizable, vendor neutral, and privacy focused; things that the proprietary voice assistants on the market today don’t offer.
Mycroft’s open platform differs from products like Alexa or Assistant in four important ways. Data privacy, customization, user agency and open data.
Privacy – Mycroft’s platform provides users with privacy by deleting queries in real time. User data is not mined, aggregated, processed or sold.
Customization – The agent can be customized by changing the wake word, voice and even the user experience.
User Agency – Mycroft is also the first assistant that embraces the concept of user agency–other voice assistants don’t represent users, they represent the companies that own them. Mycroft is different, it represents end users.
Open Data – Mycroft is publishing data from users who have decided to opt-in. This open data set is being used to improve wakeword spotting, speech to text transcription, natural language understanding and speech synthesis.
Mycroft is a full feature voice platform that can be deployed anywhere, or used in conjunction with our devices. Our next generation hardware device, Mark II is a wireless smart speaker that plays music, set timers, can access calendar events, search for general knowledge and has everything else the public has come to expect from a state-of-the-art voice assistant.
Our first crowdfunging campaign sold an advance prototype, Mark I. Still an open source, open hardware voice assistant, it was targeted at the makers and hackers. Mark II is for all consumers, flexible, customizable, open, and privacy focused; something the current technologies don’t offer.
We learned a lot of lessons from the production of Mark I. Combined with feedback from our community and customers we decided we could do much better. It’s time for an upgrade.
Company offers an alternative to Siri and Alexa for those concerned about privacy
Kansas City, Missouri, November 28, 2018 – The company democratizing voice technology and building AI for everyone, Mycroft AI, will showcase its revolutionary platform, the Mycroft Mark II at CES 2019 (January 8-11 in Las Vegas). Mycroft turned heads at CES 2018 showcasing its Mycroft Mark 1 and offering a sneak peek of its Mark II prototype.
The Kansas City-based company’s open platform differs from products like Alexa or Siri in four important ways: data privacy, customization, user agency, and open data. Mycroft provides a voice assistant experience that allows users to stream media, control IoT, automate tasks and much more, without selling data to third parties.
“CES offers us an opportunity to wow the tech-savvy crowd with Mycroft’s latest hardware,” said Joshua Montgomery, CEO of Mycroft. “Corporate customers looking to deploy a voice assistant independent of Google and Amazon will be amazed by Mycroft.”
The Mark II is a consumer-ready speaker designed for everyday users, with any level of technical expertise. Driven by community development, it’s the only voice assistant that respects privacy, is entirely transparent in how data is processed, and is customizable. It’s the voice assistant for the people by the people, doing all the things users have come to expect from a voice assistant, but in a transparent and open way.
“Mycroft is the only voice assistant that verifiably preserves user privacy and allows full corporate data independence,” According to Montgomery.
The Mycroft team will showcase at CES from Booth #51507 in the Eureka Park Marketplace from January 8-11, 2019, at the Sands Expo Center.
For additional information, please visit https://mycroft.ai/.
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His passions come through in his work by keeping a customer service driven philosophy at the forefront of everything he does, from working with team members to helping build our community.
Steve notes “I'm thrilled every time I open the front door and Christopher (now a part of Mycroft) welcomes me home by name, turns lights on and reminds me of a upcoming meeting from my calendar.”
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“I love what Mycroft is doing. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming a common component in our businesses, homes, and elsewhere, and with such a fundamental connection between people and technology, it is essential that the technology is as open and transparent as possible. Mycroft’s focus on community, transparency, and delivering simple and expandable AI is what we need to ensure the AI revolution is in good hands.” – Jono Bacon, Author, Consultant, and Leader in Community Strategy and Open Source
“Voice is the next frontier for user interfaces and artificial intelligence. Mycroft is the open source solution to voice and I am excited to see theMycroft team propel this journey to the next level.” – Lesa Mitchell, Managing Director Techstars
“Mycroft is a super platform for Makers interested in exploring and using Voice. It is open source and well supported by the company and community of users with quick answers on the forum. The underlying language of skills is Python, so if you can write it in Python, you can use it on Mycroft and very importantly there are already large number of skills available to learn from” – Greg Voronin, Community Developer and Maker
“Unlike some technologies where correct and incorrect is easy to define, Artificial Intelligence has to deal with fuzzy lines. Shaping these AI entities to serve the world should be managed in an open way where it can be researched and understood by all.” – Steve Penrod, Mycroft AI CTO