Meet Mycroft, the open source AI who wants to rival Siri, Cortana, and Alexa

The open source reference device that’s the face of the Mycroft AI platform. Image: Mycroft It might bear a passing resemblance to ET, but Mycroft’s smart home system is more than a pretty face: it’s an attempt to define what it means to be human through technology. The first seeds of the open source home hardware AI platform that was to become Mycroft came to Joshua Montgomery during a refit of a Kansas maker-and-enterpreneurship space he was setting up. Montgomery wanted the building to have the same abilities as the systems seen on classic sci-fi films and series. “It was inspired by the Star Trek computers, by Jarvis in Iron Man,” Montgomery told ZDNet. He wanted to create the type of artificial intelligence platform that “if you spoke to it…


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