Apparently human staff at Amazon Alexa listen to what people say, even very intimate things (bloomberg.com/news/articles/20).

Alexa uploads your speech to be analysed on Amazon's servers. Siri, Cortana, Bixby etc also do this.

A better alternative is Snips, which doesn't upload your voice anywhere:

makers.snips.ai

github.com/snipsco

You install it on a Raspberry Pi, and access it directly or from your other devices.

(n.b. It's still in beta and requires tech knowledge to set up)

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p.s. Also, as far as I can tell, Mycroft still doesn't let people self-host their voice assistant, despite stating their intentions to do so.

@switchingsocial also microsoft's voice assistant is "fine tuned" by humans that don't even work for the company that listen to thousands of recordings with any kind of information from people using it. And it is the same for all voice assistance...

@switchingsocial
Yes, if you read their frequent development updates they are still working on the selfhostable mycroft home server. There is also already a project fork calles jarbasai that makes it not require connecting to outside servers. I believe the creator of jarbasai is working with mycroft on the home server.

@kelbot

So, Snips is still the only option if you want to self-host?

@switchingsocial
I'm not sure. Like I said there is Jarbas AI which makes mycroft all local.

@kelbot Ok, thanks for the info, I'll check out Jarbas too :)

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