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Monica Lam

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Monica Lam from Stanford University's Open Virtual Assistant Lab

Humanitarian AI Today

Humanitarian AI Today’s guest host Mark Dalton from the United Nations speaks with Monica Lam, Professor and Faculty Director of Stanford University's Open Virtual Assistant Lab (OVAL) about her team's work and the importance of voice technology to the humanitarian community.

50mins

1 Jul 2021

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Stanford Professor Monica Lam on the Almond Open Source Voice Assistant - Voicebot Podcast Ep 175

The Voicebot Podcast

Dr. Monica Lam joined Stanford University's computer science department in 1988 after earning a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. She is co-author of the textbook Compilers Principles, Techniques, and Tools, known as the Dragon Book. More recently she has been leading the Open Virtual Assistant initiative that has at its core, the Almond open source voice assistant.  Today we talk about privacy, security, the need for choice of virtual assistants that are not controlled by 2 or 3 big companies, and the importance of reducing the cost of data annotation to make voice assistant development more accessible to a wider variety of organizations. 

1hr 38mins

24 Oct 2020

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Monica Lam: Privacy in the age of virtual assistants

The Future of Everything presented by Stanford Engineering

Can we reap the benefits of artificial intelligence while also protecting our personal information?From scheduling appointments to setting the thermostat to ordering pizza, virtual assistants are growing more commonplace by the day. Stanford professor Monica Lam says they will only become more entrenched as their capabilities grow and their voice-recognition skills become more accurate.Such developments are welcomed by many who rely upon Alexa and Siri and other virtual assistants. But it is also troubling to those, like Lam, who worry that privacy concerns and lack of competition put too much power in the hands of a few companies. Lam is an advocate for a more open approach.“If there is no open competition, then you are kind of stuck with whatever these platforms provide for you,” she tells host Russ Altman in the latest episode of The Future of Everything radio show from Sirius XM.Lam thinks a lot about the future of privacy. She says we can have both the AI and privacy at the same time, but first she’d like more options in the marketplace and for those who dominate the market to be less insular than they are today. What’s needed is an “infrastructure of privacy” that returns control of data to the rightful owners: the users who created it in the first place. The key to that, she says, is choice.Tune in to this episode of The Future of Everything to hear more about how Lam’s open-source effort to develop and share virtual assistant technology is keeping user privacy at the forefront. You can listen to The Future of Everything on iTunes, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, Spotify, Stitcher or via Stanford Engineering Magazine.

28mins

4 Jun 2019

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E80 | Monica Lam: Privacy in the age of virtual assistants

Stanford Radio

The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:"Monica Lam: Privacy in the age of virtual assistants"Can we reap the benefits of artificial intelligence while also protecting our personal information?From scheduling appointments to setting the thermostat to ordering pizza, virtual assistants are growing more commonplace by the day. Stanford professor Monica Lam says they will only become more entrenched as their capabilities grow and their voice-recognition skills become more accurate.Such developments are welcomed by many who rely upon Alexa and Siri and other virtual assistants. But it is also troubling to those, like Lam, who worry that privacy concerns and lack of competition put too much power in the hands of a few companies. Lam is an advocate for a more open approach.“If there is no open competition, then you are kind of stuck with whatever these platforms provide for you,” she tells host Russ Altman in the latest episode of The Future of Everything radio show from Sirius XM.Lam thinks a lot about the future of privacy. She says we can have both the AI and privacy at the same time, but first she’d like more options in the marketplace and for those who dominate the market to be less insular than they are today. What’s needed is an “infrastructure of privacy” that returns control of data to the rightful owners: the users who created it in the first place. The key to that, she says, is choice.Originally aired on SiriusXM on May 18, 2019.Recorded at Stanford Video.

28mins

20 May 2019

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Monica Lam (Stanford University) - Mobile Can Disrupt Social

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Video Series

MobiSocial Founder and Stanford Computer Science Professor Monica Lam offers a compelling case for why mobile can disrupt the social space to create genuine and frictionless experiences. Lam discusses the importance of cross-platform capability and the high potential for open, non-proprietary systems for communication.

1hr

17 Apr 2013

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Monica Lam (Stanford University) - Mobile Can Disrupt Social

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

MobiSocial Founder and Stanford Computer Science Professor Monica Lam offers a compelling case for why mobile can disrupt the social space to create genuine and frictionless experiences. Lam discusses the importance of cross-platform capability and the high potential for open, non-proprietary systems for communication.

1hr 1min

17 Apr 2013