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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Hands Free Coding Assistance

Like examples where hands-free produces a new and better channel towards a result.   What are they in business?   Does this work in this case? 

Amazon's Virtual Assistant Becomes a Personal Assistant to Software Developers    University of British Columbia

Computer scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada are using Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa to handle routine programming tasks for software engineers, who rely on multiple independent tools to edit, build, and test systems for a single project. UBC's Nick Bradley and his team tested whether Alexa could facilitate this process by allowing software engineers to use conversational language to ask Alexa to complete some tasks. Beyond teaching Alexa key phrases and mapping different commands to the work, the researchers had to identify common multi-step tasks that engineers perform and create a system that could automate those tasks. Engineers who evaluated the system found it useful, but Bradley says using voice commands in an office environment is distracting. The team plans to create a chatbot that would allow engineers to type minimal requests instead of speaking them aloud. ... " 

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