Mycroft (software)

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Mycroft
Mycroft logo.png
Developer(s) Mycroft AI team
Development status Active
License Apache License [1]
Website mycroft.ai

Mycroft is a free and open-source intelligent personal assistant (also known as a virtual assistant) and knowledge navigator for Linux-based operating systems that uses a natural language user interface.[2] It is said to be the world’s first fully open-source AI voice assistant.[3][4]

History

Inspiration for Mycroft came when Ryan Sipes and Joshua Montgomery were visiting the Kansas City makerspace, where they came across a simple and basic intelligent virtual assistant project. They were interested in the technology, but did not like its inflexibility.[5][6] Mycroft was part of the Sprint Accelerator 2016 class in Kansas City and joined 500 Startups Batch 20 in February 2017[7][8]. The company accepted a strategic investment from Jaguar Land Rover during this same time period.[9] "Mycroft" is named after a fictional computer from 1966 science fiction novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. (Also known as Mike, alias Adam Selene, alias Simon Jester, alias Mycroft Holmes, officially an augmented HOLMES IV system, is a supercomputer empowered to take control of Lunar society, which achieved self-awareness when his complement of "neuristors" exceeded the number of neurons in the human brain.) Under deeper meaningful layers of inspirational reference, Mycroft Holmes is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character with abilities of deduction and knowledge exceeding even those of his famous younger brother, detective Sherlock Holmes.

Structure

Mycroft uses an intent parser called Adapt to convert natural language into machine readable data structures. For speech synthesis Mycroft uses Mimic, which is based on the Festival Lite speech synthesis system.[10] Mycroft is designed to be modular, so users are able to change its components. For example, espeak can be used instead of Mimic.[11][12][13][14] Further customized "skills", or procedural knowledge, will initially be akin to simple addons, plugins, or apps, (such as checking the weather or time), with potential expanding as developers program more complex applications in the software solution stack.[citation needed]

Hardware

Mycroft Mark 1 front.
Mycroft Mark 1 front and side angle.
Mycroft Mark 1 reverse.

The Mycroft project is also working on and selling smart speakers that run its software. All of its hardware is open-source, released under the CERN Open Hardware License[15].

Its first hardware project was the Mark I, targeted primarily at developers. Its production was partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign, which finished successfully. Units started shipping out in April 2016[16].

Its most recent hardware project is the Mark II, intended for general usage, not just for developers. Unlike the Mark I, the Mark II is equipped with a screen, being able to relay information both visually as well as acoustically. As with the Mark I, the Mark II's production will be partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign, which wrapped up in February 2018, hitting almost 8 times its original goal[17].

See also

References

  1. https://mycroft.ai/blog/right-license/
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  5. Harrington, Rebecca. "Customize An Open-Source HAL For Your Home". Popular Science. Retrieved 17 March 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  7. "Announcing the 2016 Class of the Sprint Accelerator Powered by Techstars! - Techstars". Techstars. 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2017-09-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Lynley, Matthew. "Here's the 20th batch of 500 Startups companies". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-09-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Jaguar Land Rover invests in artificial intelligence startup Mycroft". Startland News. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2017-09-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Gold, Jon. "Raspberry Pi-based home AI project open-sources key components". Network World. Retrieved 17 March 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Silviu Stahie. "Mycroft Releases Key AI Component as Open Source". Softpedia. Retrieved April 24, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. MSV, Janakiram. "Meet Mycroft, The Open Source Alternative To Amazon Echo". Forbes. Retrieved 17 March 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Stahie, Silviu. "Mycroft Is an AI for Your Home Powered by Raspberry Pi 2 and Ubuntu Snappy". softpedia. Retrieved 17 March 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Mycroft wants to be your smart-home's brain". CNET. Retrieved 17 March 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Github: Mycroft Mark I hardware". Github. Retrieved 18 March 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Making a Mycroft & First Shipment". Mycroft blog. Retrieved 18 March 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Mycroft Mark II: Kickstarter". Kickstarter. Retrieved 18 March 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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