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Alias is a teachable “parasite” that is designed to give users more control over their smart assistants, both when it comes to customisation and privacy.

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    It’s a squid! I wonder how long it will take to get a neural network to ignore whatever the device puts out.

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      Applause! But, can you really grow mushrooms on it too? I’ll be a little disappointed if not.

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        you might need to keep your smart assistant in the dark to grow mushrooms on it…

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          Right! I knew it seemed somehow familiar.

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        I love the idea!

        It would be nice if the device could cut out the power to the original one completely. But I imagine they probably take long to boot, so it might be not feasible :( Also, the original one could then get equipped with a battery if its creators wanted to defeat this…

        Another idea could be to try sticking some kind of mechanical “earplug” over the mic; but then it’d probably make the device more difficult to make, needing some kind of an actuator.