Writers often get their inspiration from conversations with other people. So says 19-year-old Katie Bilbrey, who has published 15 online stories under the pen name TheSolSoldier. Bilbrey took a different tact for her latest writing project — instead of back-and-forthing with friends, she drew her inspirations for Our Precious Future through conversations with an artificial intelligence named Zo.
Google and Amazon unveiled mini-sized smart speakers Google Home Mini Chalk and Amazon Echo Dot 2, both priced at less than US$50. Virtual assistants can plug into your environment with a natural human-machine voice interface that used to exist only science fiction.