Amazon Alexa will soon record ANYTHING you say instead of waiting to hear the name first, reveals new patent
- Alexa is currently waiting to detect the wake before audio clips are recorded
- The patent suggests that it could constantly listen to audio to hear the word
- Would need 30-second fragments and delete them if no word was detected
- Patent does not suggest that it will be installed in future Alexa devices
Alexa & # 39; s poor reputation in the field of privacy may soon deteriorate, as a patent filed by the company suggests that the virtual assistant can start listening before the & # 39; wake become & # 39; is being said.
Under the plans, Alexa can detect when it gets an assignment, even if the silence is said at the end of the sentence instead of at the front.
The move raises questions about user privacy, as Alexa will always listen to conversations while the watchword is spoken by default.
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Alexa & # 39; s poor reputation in the field of privacy may soon deteriorate, as a patent filed by the company suggests that the virtual assistant can start listening before the & # 39; wake become & # 39; is being said. Alexa can detect when it gets an assignment, even if the word is said at the end of the sentence
The patent, filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, unveils the Seattle movie plans for the next evolutionary step for Alexa & # 39; s technology.
Amazon insists that Alexa can only be activated if one of its & # 39; wake word & # 39; is pronounced – Alexa, Computer or Echo.
Apple and Google rival systems use a similar process, with & # 39; Hey Siri & # 39; or & # 39; Hey Google & # 39; respectively must be said before they listen.
This will change if Amazon decides to follow up its patent.
It was submitted earlier this year and went public on the USPTO website last week.
It says: & # 39; A user does not always structure a spoken command in the form of a keyword followed by a command (eg & # 39; Alexa, play some music & # 39;).
& # 39; Instead, a user can record the command before the word – eg "Play some music, Alexa" – or even insert the wake in the middle of a command – for example. "Play some music, please Alexa, the Beatles".
& # 39; Although such formulations may be natural to a user, current speech processing systems are not configured to handle commands that are not preceded by a wake-up. & # 39;
Amazon declined to comment approximately by MailOnline.
The new method that Alexa will use to come back when it hears the wake word relatively easily – listen to everything and detect the command with the same speech recognition it is currently using
HOW DOES ALEXA WORK?
Every time audio is sent to the cloud, a visual indicator appears on the Echo device – a light ring on Amazon Echo turns blue or a blue bar appears on Echo Show.
Amazon also says that voice recordings are saved until a customer chooses to delete them.
The recordings are used to increase the diversity with which Alexa is trained, so that it better understands the wishes of customers.
For example, you can distinguish between YouTube and U2 and use the historical context, such as the Olympic Games, to know what the user is referring to.
Amazon maintains that the deice will not be activated until the word is said: this can be configured as Alexa, Echo or Computer.
It also registers when the microphone button is pressed manually.
The new method that Alexa will use to come back when he hears the wake relatively easily – listen to everything and detect the command with the same speech recognition that it is currently using.
Fragments of conversations for up to 30 seconds would be recorded and then wiped out of the had-drive, the patent states.
There are also no indications that this patent will never be realized, companies of the size of Amazon regularly provide a series of ideas and technology to protect themselves.
Often they never see the light of day.
If Alexa detects its wake in one of these recordings, it will save it in the same way as it currently does.
This procedure is already flawed, as evidenced by a MailOnline investigation that some & # 39; unintended & # 39; conversation clips were recorded when a different sound for a & # 39; wake-up & # 39; was misled.
A large number of sounds and conversations were recorded without a clear or legitimate word being spoken – some when there was not even a person around.
Largely unknown & # 39; secret & # 39; Archives revealed uncanny fragments of user friends, families, and children captured while fully aware – and without saying a clear or legitimate silence.
In a household, Alexa seems to have developed an obsession with the family dog - waking up 13 times to bark it.
In a disturbing turn, this was often when there was no one in the house who might have been able to activate it.
You can find out what your device knows about you and what it has listened to here and read on to see what we have dug up.
HOW TO FIND WHAT YOUR ALEXA HAS REGISTERED ABOUT YOU?
Open the Alexa app with which the devices are synchronized or go here link.
Select the icon in the top left corner – often the & # 39; hamburger & # 39; called
Press & # 39; Settings & # 39; at the bottom of the menu
Select & # 39; Alexa account & # 39; at the top of the menu
Press & # 39; Alexa Privacy & # 39; at the bottom of the menu
In this section a series of options will appear in a different looking menu – select & # 39; Review Voice History & # 39;
Here, all listings of all Alexa-linked devices associated with an account are displayed in reverse order, with the most recent at the top.
To view all entries, select the & # 39; All History & # 39; in the drop-down menu and browse through the & # 39; s page.
It shows all submissions and those claimed to have been recorded but not intended for Alexa are not transcribed, but instead it says & # 39; Text not available – audio was not intended for Alexa & # 39 ;.
These can still be listened to by selecting the drop-down arrow on the right and pressing play – search for left.
For users who want to delete all tracks from these recordings – if you press the & # 39; Delete All Recordings button for all history & # 39; is done.
There is currently no way to save the data yourself and retrieve it from the Amazon servers.
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