When we unpack the AI Cloud computing the realization here is most technology and big companies use Cloud software. According to Wikipedia, they say that Amazon has the largest public cloud and the internet itself acts as a cloud service. Some virtual assistants I wanted to unpack this week are Alexa, Google-Home, and Siri. Another thing I wanted to understand was how these technologies connect to the cloud in order to operate.
Virtual assistants are a different type of learning machine that always stay on and are always actively listening to you. They look for patterns in your voice and try to make predictions and connections that best identify you as their master operator. Whenever you ask it something, it must run your voice recognition patterns in order to make sure it is you speaking to them. They are friendly devices to other voices other than your own, but in general preference they must do this in order to keep track of what their owner says, wants, or needs to know by asking it a question or task. When you speak to it, the machine sends your recording to the cloud server to record what you say and they predict the best response possible. How do they do this?
For Amazon Alexa, she mainly operates on the cloud. She is designed for more simple tasks and is able to answer quick or dense questions in a matter of seconds. She uses the cloud to store your questions and save your data. She gets to know you better by doing this.
For google products, they operate on a similar basis but in their own google cloud. Google performs links to your information by creating your own ‘google record’, and by doing this when we create google accounts we are agreeing to fully trust all of our information via their privacy services. Google home does exactly that. When you need certain answers to information and you have already researched your questions via phone or computer on google, Google home already has that saved under your profile which will help lead to an even faster answer. You can remove your search history on the product, or permanently from their Google cloud account on you.
Apple Siri is similar to these but uses their own apple cloud software. They do record the information you search or ask, but they don’t store it to your own personal length. Infact they use it for their own bettering of their company. They like to see who identifies what way and what they mainly search for and how they get the best results. They even say in their privacy statement on their cloud services, “We use personal information to help create, develop, operate, and improve our products, services, content, and advertising” (Apple Privacy, pg.1).
The cloud service is a superior advancement to AI. Its’ abilities are endless. When we unpack these forms of AI, it is important that we understand how the cloud works and what is actually being store privately in the cloud. Keeping information secure and private is the goal, but after learning bits and pieces of what each of these do it is vital that we are careful about what we search and what we say.