“Maybot” is Available on Google Home, Amazon Alexa and our Website – Electronic design services with Argon Design Ltd.

“Maybot” is Available on Google Home, Amazon Alexa and our Website

Earlier this year, we created a recurrent neural network, as an example to encourage people to experiment with using neural networks at Hack Cambridge 2017 where we were mentoring. The neural network was trained on Theresa May’s spoken contributions in the House of Commons and completed sentences started by the user in her style.

So that people can try it out, we’re now running “Maybot” as we called the network on our servers. It’s available as an “Action” on Google Home / Assistant, as a “Skill” on Amazon Alexa and as a page on our website.

The versions for Google and Amazon are called “Political Theresa” as the voice assistants require a multi-word phrase as an invocation name, so it can be reliably detected.

Google Home

You can use Maybot with Google Home / Assistant simply by asking. There is no installing or enabling required:

User: Ok Google! Talk to Political Theresa.

Maybot: Hi! I'm a neural network that completes a sentence in the style of Theresa May. What are the first few words of the sentence you'd like me to complete?

User: Brexit means…

Maybot: Brexit means Brexit, we will not be able to negotiate the best possible deal for the UK. I thank my honourable friend for raising that issue.

For some starting words, the network creates amusing responses such as the one above. For others, it slides into a less interesting response.

Amazon Alexa

For Alexa, you need to “enable” the skill before you can first use it. This only needs to be done once for your Alexa account. You can do this with the Alexa app on your phone, on the website https://alexa.amazon.co.uk, from the Alexa Skills store https://amazon.co.uk/skills or by voice. Doing it by voice is probably the easiest way:

User: Alexa! Enable Political Theresa.

Once enabled, you use it in the same way. Just say:

User: Alexa! Open Political Theresa.

Maybot: Hi! I'm a neural network that completes a sentence in the style of Theresa May. What are the first few words of the sentence you'd like me to complete?

User: Argon Design is…

Maybot: Argon Design is already taking place a proper process of work, so that we can reduce the number of stops and searches without having an impact on public safety.

Website

Go to http://maybot.argondesign.com/

Source Code

The source code, including the code to scrape contributions from Hansard and the voice assistant applications is published on our GitHub account https://github.com/ArgonDesign.

If you want to see how to write skills for voice assistants, Maybot is a useful simple example you can use as a starting point for your own creations.