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Open Voice #30: More voice devices in urban China then in the US, Ben Sauer Podcast, Voice jacking, H&M and Voicebot news, and NL best Google assistant launch

Hi All, What a year! Voice in the Netherlands was born as well as in many other European countries. B
Open Voice #30: More voice devices in urban China then in the US, Ben Sauer Podcast, Voice jacking, H&M and Voicebot news, and NL best Google assistant launch
By Maarten & Sam • Issue #30 • View online
Hi All,
What a year! Voice in the Netherlands was born as well as in many other European countries. But, before we go into this weeks cool links and a nice summation lets get a commentary going.
Maarten here. I was dreaming about going online in the late eighties due to the cyberpunk science fiction books I was reading (thanks Bruce!). When finally it arrived it was unbelievable. Communication with anyone across te world at no cost, accessing libraries which normally required you to physically be present. Usenet discussion groups that were mind boggling. People back then believed the open access to information would lead to a better world.
In those early years CompuServe and America Online were the two walled off services trying to capitulate on the new energy, the new opportunity, of connectivity. They helped the masses to get online. For me that is similar to Amazon and Google’s smart assistant initiatives today. Both are walled gardens, both are first movers in a new and emerging medium. Both control all in their platforms…
Last week New York Magazine had an article mentioning that about 30% of the web traffic is fake. Bots trying to emulate what humans do in an ad based web world. In a way it is logical. The web (or Facebook..) now is driven by ad revenue, by companies not driven to help me as an individual but focus on making a profit. Phone platforms are more about capitalizing people’s attention. It is all a means. For them and not for the user as much.
Can we learn from this? Can we make better choices so Voice will be a better platform that services us all?
It is so tempting to these old ad machines to use the emerging AI power to get peoples attention with engaging conversations leading to their benefit.
This is why even though I am grateful for all of Amazons and Google’s efforts I hope there will be more and even beter movements that work not for direct profit but for a common good. Call me sentimental, it is the end of 2018 after all. But still. Let’s get a level playing field at least where my Voice services are able to be as good as the ones from the to dominating powers. That will be a start. [End rant ;)]

Nathan Hubbard
My son just inadvertently addressed our waiter as “Alexa”
4:00 AM - 27 Dec 2018
Yerelyn
Lmfao should i whoop him now or later https://t.co/mZEJsWWn4W
12:42 AM - 21 Dec 2018
Smart speakers: Growth at a discount | Global TMT Predictions 2019
Smart speakers: Growth at a discount | Global TMT Predictions 2019
How the role of voice and digital assistance plays a role in H&M's innovation strategy
How the role of voice and digital assistance plays a role in H&M's innovation strategy
That’s it for this week… and this year. Thank you for joining!
Sam here. I look back at 2018 as the year that Maarten and I both got convinced that this voice trend might be more than just hype. We started organizing the Open Voice events together with Hayo and Marna, set up this newsletter and started the Voicecast show in partnership with BNR. While we both have been on stage many times before, the majority of our keynotes now is on the subject of Voice interfaces.
I am confident that 2019 will be a continuation of 2018. We are only at the very start of the curve. I am grateful to have you join us on that journey.
According to Google, The Netherlands is doing very well when it comes to voice, as the Dutch have showed the fastest growth after launch for both Google Assistant and Google Home globally, ever. Let’s break some more records in 2019!
Thanks to all of you who contributed to the voice movement and have been with us over the past year. Let’s make next year even better through sharing knowledge, insights and our network to propel this ecosystem into maturity.
Cheers, see you in 2019 🎇
— Maarten & Sam
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