Voice and natural language systems are an important step toward making our digital servants serve us on our terms. We went from punch cards to green screens to GUIs and eventually to touch-based, palm-sized, location- and context-sensitive computers in the form of smartphones (not to mention those annoying smart-car panels). Now we have Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Assistant answer our needs.
To build voice and natural language capabilities into your own applications, you have several cloud options.

For Alexa, you can tap into an open API at no apparent cost beyond AWS charges; the same goes for Google, although the Google Cloud site is as clear as mud on this point. Microsoft even lets you reuse your Alexa skills package with Cortana.

For Apple, there’s an API, along with the $99 cost of becoming an Apple Developer and publishing an iOS app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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