It says a lot for the voice industry that an independent “top ten” can only reliably be made from star ratings, not actual usage. Volumes of ratings can directly be solicited by marketing and applying voice rating requests (which Amazon can add and remove). https://t.co/zcPFSYH0Iq
Microsoft launched their Surface Earbuds. With 24h battery life, and integration into the office suite they don’t come cheap. They’ll cost $249, which is quite expensive now that Amazon also launched their offering. We’re curious to see where Microsoft will take the product.
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Researchers have successfully shrunk a giant language model to use in commercial applications. Not once, but twice. It’s a significant improvement over the BERT model google presented a year ago. So what does this mean? It could bring offline assistant ability closer, likely also on smaller wearable devices.
Here you have the usual Brain Roemmele post (it’s lengthy, and at some point too speculative). What I like is how he makes the product launch by Amazon explicit with the far/mid/near field analogy. To me it felt like Amazon was going after the body, searching for a more intimate place to be available, like many wearables, but the near field makes a lot of senses. And also - thinking through these frames might help come up with better use cases for voice services.