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

  title={Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and More: An Introduction to Voice Assistants},
  author={Matthew B Hoy},
  journal={Medical Reference Services Quarterly},
  pages={81 - 88}
  • Matthew B Hoy
  • Published 2 January 2018
  • Computer Science
  • Medical Reference Services Quarterly
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… 
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