By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: May 25, 2018 at 8:05 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2018 at 9:05 am After an understandable freakout over the news that Amazon Echo recorded a family’s conversation and sent that recording to a person on their contact list, the company has released an explanation. Amazon’s full statement, sent to media outlets including this one, seems to show Alexa, the company’s virtual personal assistant powered by artificial intelligence, was trying a little too hard: Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like “Alexa.” Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a “send message” request. At which point, Alexa said out loud “To whom?” At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customers contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, “[contact name], right?” Alexa then interpreted background … [Read more...] about Here’s why Amazon Echo recorded a family’s conversation
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By Letters To The Editor | May 25, 2018 at 8:51 am California must lead the way in clean technology People often oppose regulation on the grounds that it hurts innovation; the opposition to emissions-reduction bills like AB 3232 is no different. However, these critics ignore a key sector, growing at a rate 12 times that of the U.S. economy: renewable technology. The industry hires 4 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands in California alone. Adding regulations like AB 3232, which strives to decarbonize building energy sources and promote efficiency, creates more demand for solar and wind technology, raising investment in the sector. These policies thus stimulate R&D departments with more money and support, enabling them to create new, experimental technologies that galvanize economic growth and decarbonization. Akshay ManglikNinth grader at The Harker School Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor … [Read more...] about Letter: California must lead the way in clean technology
By Letters To The Editor | May 25, 2018 at 8:21 am Nunes may have a bias against law enforcement Why is Rep. Devin Nunes so intense on bring down our rule of law? Is it that he has some bias against law enforcement? It would be interesting to review his voting record on law enforcement issues. We should take note that his son Esteban Nunes was convicted of murder in 2008 and sentenced to 16 years in prison. He did not serve the full sentence, however, thanks to then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who commuted his sentence to seven years in 2011. Was this a favor for father Nunes? John JohnsonCampbell Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor … [Read more...] about Letter: Devin Nunes: Could his son’s murder conviction cause a bias against law enforcement?
By Letters To The Editor | May 25, 2018 at 7:51 am Judge Persky is among our most capable jurists I am a San Jose attorney and I have appeared before Judge Aaron Persky numerous times in Family Court. I have admired him as one of our most capable and thoughtful jurists. He is the opposite of how the Michele Dauber movement portrays him. If we lose him as a judge, it will be a travesty for our community and a personal tragedy for Judge Persky’s family. It was disheartening to read the Mercury News’ support of the recall effort as it joins the misguided herd going after Judge Persky’s neck. The herd mentality champions slogans over facts; it prefers slick ads over carefully considered justice. The Mercury News acknowledges that Judge Persky “is a decent man and an able judge,” and that the Commission on Judicial Performance “found no evidence of judicial wrongdoing.” Ronald S. MecklerSan Jose Submit your letter to the editor via this … [Read more...] about Letter: Judge Persky is among our most capable jurists
By Letters To The Editor | May 25, 2018 at 7:36 am Return on investment is enormous with Measure A Quality early education and child care are key to a child’s health, development and well-being, which is why I’m eager to see voters in Alameda County pass Measure A. The first five years of life is when nearly 90 percent of brain development occurs, and so during these years, it’s critical that all children have access to enriching educational programs. With passage of Measure A, medical professionals and early educators have the opportunity to improve health outcomes and boost children’s chances at success in K-12 and beyond. In addition to early education, Measure A will also expand early identification services for children and linkages to mental health consultation. Bertram LubinAssociate Dean of Children’s HealthUCSF Benioff Children’s HospitalsOakland Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor … [Read more...] about Letter: The return on investment in our children is enormous with Measure A