Lauren Goode

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Nuance, Will You Turn On the TV for Me?

Nuance, which makes voice-recognition technology, said today that it is powering the voice-control features in Samsung’s 2012 line of Internet-connected TVs. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Samsung showed off how its “smart” TV’s respond to voice commands to power-on, change channels, browse the Web and talk on Skype. Nuance has gotten a boost over the past year due to hype surrounding the iPhone 4S’s Siri, though it reported disappointing first-quarter earnings due to complex mobile relationships and delayed revenue.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work