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Mycroft Update for June 2018
Tons of progress at Mycroft this month. Not only did we make significant improvments to the technology stack, we were the momentum leader in US crowdfunding, our community expanded into gaming and we began passing our data to Mozilla to help improve DeepSpeech’s performance for our application.
For those of you too busy to read our update in full:
- Our Title III fundraising opportunity is going fast. If you haven’t backed it, you should.
- Printed circuit boards for the Mark II have arrived.
- Three thousand Mycroft users have opted-in to share their data.
- The new voice of Mycroft is done, plumbed and comes online this month.
- Mycroft loves Mozilla. DeepSpeech is now being trained to better serve Mycroft users.
- Our developer community has Mycroft working with Unreal Engine. Gamers are about to get access to a real in-game AI.
Rocking the Fundraising: Our SEC Title III fundraising opportunity hosted by StartEngine now has 250 investors. We are on track to hit the $1.07M cap. Thanks to our awesome investors Mycroft was the StartEngine momentum leader last month and is featured as one of the most popular crowdfunding efforts on NewChip right now.
PCBs Are Here! Printed circuit boards are back from the board house and are being populated this week. We’ll be loading software next week and should have the first functional Mark II pre-production prototype by the end of the month. Everyone here is very excited.
Mycrofts! Prepare for Glory! By default we do not log or store data supplied by people who use Mycroft, but we’ve asked community members to volunteer their data in order to improve our machine learning models. This week we crossed the 3,000 mark. 3,000 people who use Mycroft have decided to trust us with their data. We’re using the data to improve our Precise wake word spotter, DeepSpeech speech to text engine, Padatious intent parser and the Mimic speech synthesis engine.
One Can of Kusal: Speaking of Mimic, our first production voice is in the can and ready to roll out. It is an American male voice supplied by our intern ( and champion debater ) Kusal Kularatne. This is the first production Mimic 2.0 voice and it will improve over time, but it sounds great and has just enough“robot” in it to remind users they are speaking with a machine.
The human voice is the most perfect instrument of all. - Arvo Part, Composer.
This cake is great, it is so delicious and moist. - GLaDOS, Aperture Science personality core.
The other place this data is helping is with the DeepSpeech speech to text engine we are collaborating with Mozilla on. We are now feeding real world data from Mycroft users into the DeepSpeech data set where it is helping improve performance for our use case. Anyone can help with this effort by tagging speech samples at https://home.mycroft.ai under “Tagging” > “DeepSpeech”.
Mycroft Becomes Unreal: This week one of our community members, @joshua-tree, did the first integration between the Unreal Engine used to power thousands of video games across dozens of platforms. This is an early step toward eventual integration of Mycroft into virtual environments where people will be able to speak to an AI to improve game play. In 2017 the video game industry reached $108B in revenue.