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Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and More: An Introduction to Voice Assistants

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Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and More: An Introduction to Voice Assistants

Matthew B Hoy. Med Ref Serv Q.

Abstract

Voice assistants are software agents that can interpret human speech and respond via synthesized voices. Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana, and Google's Assistant are the most popular voice assistants and are embedded in smartphones or dedicated home speakers. Users can ask their assistants questions, control home automation devices and media playback via voice, and manage other basic tasks such as email, to-do lists, and calendars with verbal commands. This column will explore the basic workings and common features of today's voice assistants. It will also discuss some of the privacy and security issues inherent to voice assistants and some potential future uses for these devices. As voice assistants become more widely used, librarians will want to be familiar with their operation and perhaps consider them as a means to deliver library services and materials.

Keywords: Human computer interaction; internet; libraries; software agents; speech recognition; voice assistants.

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