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MindMeld Assistant App Listens Along to Conversations to Help in Real Time

MindMeld, which is one of the more ambitious application ideas out there, and has been promised for more than a year, launches to the public tonight.

Well, to the U.S. English-speaking public with second-generation and older iPads, that is.

MindMeldThe app is a personal assistant that actively listens to voice calls and tries to provide useful relevant information — for instance websites and pictures — in real time. Afterward, it summarizes key concepts. Up to eight people can participate in a call at a time.

In a post-Snowden era, live conversation analysis is the kind of stuff that larger, scarier companies like Google might have a lot of trouble doing without causing mass hysteria, but perhaps a startup will be able to give it a good shot.

San Francisco-based MindMeld maker Expect Labs has funding from Liberty Global, IDG Ventures, Google Ventures, Intel Capital, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation, Telefonica Digital and others.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik