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🌘 Open Voice #155: The dangers and risks of Voice & AI voice magic, Voice professor vacancy, Art museum skill back story, and why you hate the sound of your voice

🌘 Open Voice #155: The dangers and risks of Voice & AI voice magic, Voice professor vacancy, Art museum skill back story, and why you hate the sound of your voice
By Maarten • Issue #155 • View online
Hello {{first_name}},
Every week I collect the Voice domain developments into a single list of things you shouldn’t have missed. This week a nice wide range of cool articles and news.
First two events:
🌮 VoiceLunchNL: Open table 🥪
This week open table: bring your subjects! What are your questions, ideas or opinions you want to check, share or learn?
Voicelunch on May 26th, 12:00-13:00 (Amsterdam time) via Zoom. Join us 15 mins earlier to chat.
On darkness and lightness
This week a more contemplative issue. It may be the day off this Monday in the Netherlands that gives room to think. Or is it the yet unpublished news that Beeb, the independent assistant BBC was working on, is put on hold due to a reprioritization of activities? Hannes Ricklefs, Lead Architect at BBC shared this as a side note at the excellent All About Voice event last week.

🌘 Darkness: are we on the right path?😬
Roger K. Moore: Spoken language technology now seems to work - so what’s left to be done?
It starts with examining how we should develop our interactive agents. Voice is actually just the interface of the conversational agents. Roger K. Moore leads us to some good fresh takes on agent architecture (and says useful things about large data sets too).
Roger K. Moore: Spoken language technology now seems to work - so what’s left to be done?
Roger K. Moore: Spoken language technology now seems to work - so what’s left to be done?
A Twitter thread about how the intentions of Apple play out.
Mar Hicks
Many folks who had earlier iPhones/versions of iOS might know the name Susan Bennett. She’s the voice of the original Siri. She didn’t know her voice had been sold for use in this way until well after the product came out. And Apple tried to deny it: https://t.co/AnnHrur2rg
Mike Schroepfer
Our new AI system learned speech recognition in English with *zero* speech to text training data: researchers just gave it lots of audio, and it figured out what the words were. But it goes way beyond that - it learned Swahili too! https://t.co/H69GS0c7iG
Lightness: competitions and feature news
That’s it for this week, I’ll be back next Monday with a new edition of the Open Voice newsletter.
Cheers,
— Maarten Lens-FitzGerald
PS My book ‘Voice - de spraakrevolutie: inzichten en kansen, keeps selling steadily. And we started working on an English version.
Need help designing and rolling out your Voice Strategy or want to start with an energizing keynote or workshop? Let me know: 0646333308
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