Mozilla is working on interesting things, previously we discussed just about the news feed alternative to Facebook that they want to create within Firefox, one that is customized by the user but without the tracking of our data.
Today we learn about his project called ” Scout”, an experimental browser that is controlled by voice and can do things like read aloud the articles you visit on the web.
Mozilla wants to create a new experience, one that does not depend on the mouse and allows the user more space for multitasking(although we do not know how productive you can be with a browser narrating an article in the background).
‘Scout’ would be something like a virtual assistant and web browser at the same time , in any case it sounds interesting and with the bet that more and more companies are doing with their Alexas, Siris and Cortanas, it makes sense.
For an assistant of this type to work as well as possible, he will obviously need to collect some telemetry data (which other platforms use quite indiscriminately) to learn the preferences of the users.
However, taking into account that Mozilla has been firmly in its position to do this type of analysis in a local way so as not to violate the user’s privacy , it does not seem to be something that we should worry about at the moment.
Mozilla presented this project at the All Hands San Francisco event, where they said they expect to discuss their efforts more publicly, when they are more advanced in development. At the moment we do not know much more about him or when he will arrive.