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If you had told people just a few years ago that you were going to place an always-on microphone in their home, they’d have balked, and then refused.
From Star Trek to Spiderman, AI voices in film have been predominantly female. Yes, Hollywood has graced us with a few male voices too, like HAL 9000 and JARVIS. Although one was disturbingly evil and the other was later replaced by FRIDAY, a female voice. (So not really much choice there either.)
"Alexa, what's the solubility of sodium hydroxide?"
"Sorry, I don't know that one."
It's okay, Alexa, neither do we. But not to worry, one Atlanta-based startup is working to change that with their own science-savvy virtual assistant: Helix.
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You know that feeling when you just got a brand new car? You sit inside marveling at every little detail, maybe caress the steering wheel and breathe in that "new car smell". But wait, how do you make it open the garage door? And what does this button do?