Why use Mycroft AI?

Why would you choose to use Mycroft over alternatives such as Amazon™ Alexa™, Google Assistant™, Microsoft Cortana™ or Apple's Siri™?

Why would you choose to use Mycroft over alternatives such as Amazon™ Alexa™, Google Assistant™, Microsoft Cortana™ or Apple's Siri™?

Great question!

While alternative tools are readily available, and easy to use, they come with some pretty big downsides.

Open source

Mycroft is open source. This means that the code used by Mycroft can be inspected, copied, modified, and contributed back to the Mycroft community for everyone to enjoy.

Tools like Amazon™ Alexa™, Google Assistant™, Microsoft Cortana™ or Apple's Siri™ are black boxes. That is, you can't look inside them, and see what they do - or importantly - how they do it. And while they may allow you some flexibility to create new Skills, these are usually strictly controlled. Mycroft gives you freedom, flexibility and control over how your want your voice assistant to work. Mycroft is AI for everyone.

Mycroft code is licensed under the Apache 2 open source license.

Respecting your privacy

Mycroft uses opt-in privacy. This means we will only record what you say to Mycroft with your explicit permission. Don't want us to record your voice? No problem! If you'd like us to help Mycroft become more accurate, you can opt in to have your voice anonymously recorded.

You're welcome to view our privacy policy

More hardware, more choices

Mycroft runs on a wide range of software platforms and hardware - meaning that you can run Mycroft on the Devices you want. Try Mycroft on a Raspberry Pi, on an Android device - or on your Linux desktop.

Lightweight

Mycroft is lightweight, and will run on low-powered hardware, such as the Raspberry Pi 3. So if you're a Hacker, Maker or Hobbyist, it's the perfect platform for low cost experimentation.

Community

Mycroft has a vibrant, engaged and helpful community. You can interact with the community via: