I think 2016 is year of the sound becouse if you analyze trends in December 2015, it is clear that sound developments are directed to artificial intelligence, multiroom, voice assistants and High Fidelity.

To support this analysis arrived Mark Zuchenberg’s post a series of good intentions for 2016 in which he said that one of the objectives is to develop artificial intelligence and voice assistance:

Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook. My challenges in recent years sono stati to read two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day.
My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man.
I’m going to start by exploring what technology is out there Already. Then I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home – music, lights, temperature and so on. I’ll teach it to let in friends by looking at Their faces When they ring the doorbell. I’ll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max’s room That I need to check on when I’m not with her. On the work side, it’ll help me visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my Organizations blackberries effectively.
Every challenge has a theme, and this year’s theme is invention.
At Facebook I spend a lot of time working with engineers to build new things. Some of the most rewarding work Involves getting deep into the details of technical projects. I do this with Internet.org When We discuss the physics of building solar-powered planes and satellites to beam down Internet access. I do this with Oculus When we get into the details of the controllers or the software we’re designing. I do this with Messenger When We discuss our AI to answer any question you have. But it’s a different kind of rewarding to build things yourself, so this year my personal challenge is to do that.
This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, 3 January 2016
A post that made me immediately prick up their ears!

In recent years, Mark Zuckerberg, had intentions like to read two books a month, meet a new person every day or something more challenging like learning Mandarin.

For this year, however, his plans are a little ‘higher and turned to the technology: artificial intelligence first (which has attracted most attention of Newspapers, including its reference to Jarvis Voice Assistant of Iron Man) to his homes and his job; and, for our part, the second way is to start teaching artificial intelligence to understand his voice to control everything in his house – music, lights and so on.

I think we can build AI know it works for us and helps us. Some people fear-monger about how AI is a huge danger, but That Seems far-fetched to me and much less Likely than two disasters to widespread disease, violence, etc.

His fans have already challenged him something. Such as the fact that he’s thinking of his home and not in that of others. But Zuckerberg immediately responds that each house has its own characteristics and he first wants to give it a try in his house so you can personally test defects and allow the spread in every home when you reach a common standard for all homes.

I will definitely keep our community updated on what I learn, and I hope others can learn from it too. The reason I’m building this just for myself Is that the technology in every home is different, so it’ll be much easier for me to just start building this for mine That building to general product that works for everyone.

Mark Zuchenberg continues:

Third, our AI research team is making progress helping computers to see and understand. We recently built a prototype That combines vision and language comprehension so it can answer questions about an image. We’re using AI to help blind people in our community experience Their friends’ photos by having our systems describe the scenes. Anche I’m doing my own personal challenge to build a simple AI to help run my home and help with my work. This is an area I’m personally very interested in long term.
This is the year a lot of what we’re working on will start to be available to our community. I have personally spent a lot of time ON THESE projects and I’m excited to share more about what we’re building!

Besides the control of a connected home online it is done deal. The Internet of things is nothing new. And for example, also startups as Italian www.alfredsmarthome.com deal with it and have good results.

The same Google is releasing in October 2015 by AI also online, to give answers to research more efficient and closer to semantics. The AI ​​has its applications even scattered in our poorest mobile phones and smartphones. And control of a connected home is already present in projects at an advanced stage as this egg really exceptional

Year of the sound

I must admit, however, that beyond the fact that writing was Mark Zucherberg in person, I am surprised the attention of the press. The use of artificial intelligence by Facebook is news of August 2015. And in October 2015 Facebook has released its digital voice assistant Facebook M. It is still in beta, for a small group of people in San Francisco, and it is unknown when it will be released to all users of Facebook Messenger. The capabilities are certainly interesting, suggest Her movie, written and directed by Spike Jonze, starring Joaquin Phoenix. Facebook M can provide a great service to interact with other automation systems (Amazon customer service,  waiting for the call center, reading email), but seems to have difficulty in relation to non-automated systems. To make up for this lack of artificial intelligence is overseen by groups of individuals who respond to the various questions. If anything is not clear where it is the boundary between automation and physical person (or group of people) and especially what kind of workers they are (but that’s another story).

If Mark put a concierge who will respond to the call center for it seems to me that there is no evolution. Maybe it’s beter DoorBird better and be sure to open to the right people and to whoever you want without exploiting anyone.

Personally, however, the artificial intelligence that will still see much evolution (experts say, it is just the beginning), I think that the post of Mark is more important for the information architecture of sound and for audio becouse there is nothing to be invented from scratch, but it must be limited to develop and improve technologies which are already in a state of development quite advanced. In my opinion the news is that in December 2016 we should see released some service applied.

Mark, speak about voice and speech recognition, but for him as for most people, the AI ​​is something related to the visual and not just the sound. Zuckerberg, in fact, told his fans asking what AI means for:

Artificial intelligence. In this case it means I’ll be able to interact with it like a person: I’ll talk to it, it can see me and my facial expressions, it’ll be portatili predict some of what I need ahead of time, etc.
Mark Zuckerberg teach you, in fact, to recognize the face of his friends to open their door when they ring the bell, or teach him to help him look after the little Max.

It would not be a stinginess if Artificial Intelligence, the intercom Zuckerberg’s home, not even ask “who is?”

But Facebook, which in any case already recognizes people’s faces to favor tags, is not alone in its interest in the topic. For example, just recently Apple acquired, a few days ago, the startup Emotient with whom Siri and iPhone could recognize emotions. Although it is not clear what use will make Apple.

And again, if you do not respond in the right tone to our emotions which would be the news?

Fortunately, who work for more years of control of the space and the internet of things, the voice interface is at the heart of its product. If you have no great pretensions, you can control a few lights and a few sensors also free, with Home Automated Living.

And the world of screen readers is multiplying. At the moment the most advanced screen readers on the market and we already have on our smartphones, are, in fact, Apple’s Siri, Cortana Microsoft and Google Now; but others are emerging. Mixer on heading and later there’ll discover a lot ‘also unknown.

And in fact, always in the comments, Mark admits that already uses an assistant vocal competition, which responds very well to their needs. To listen to music to his daughter to put her to sleep, Mark uses Alexa, the voice assistant of Amazon Amazon Echo

Zuckerberg says

For just music, the Amazon Echo is pretty great. It’s been very useful for controlling music with my voice while Both hands are occupied taking care of Max. I’ve anche Been impressed with how much free music comes with Amazon Prime. That said, I only have an echo in one room and it does not have all my music, I know it’s not perfect yet.

I’m very interested in using voice and face recognition to Set lights and temperature as well Depending on who’s in what rooms, etc. For example, I like rooms colder than Cilla, and but it’s possible just to see who is in what room and adjust the temperatures automatically.

Alexa also has a good reputation among those who are developing servers voice, in fact seems to be among the voice assistants is the most promising.

I understand, the graphics and the visual will attract more and more of our attention but you will agree with me that the area of ​​development is largely sound. We’ll hear!

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