It’s hard to pick the best talk for this day. I liked both Adam Cheyer (founder of Siri and now building on Samsung Bixby) and Brett Kinsella (the person behind Voicebot.ai). Adam shared a timeline of voice assistants since the 90s, with a lot of great insights and demo’s. Brett had the largest collection of stats and graphs I’ve seen someone present for some time. Still, I think I have to go with Adams talk, as it was during this talk, especially the demo he closed with, that I finally started to get Bixby.
💡Bixby is somewhat different from Alexa and Google Assistant, but I never really managed to get a grip on how it worked. Throughout the Samsung day it became clear why: I had been confused about the potential and what’s possible now. And now that I’ve seen it, I’m enthusiastic (and a bit scepticus – this will likely not launch any time soon in The Netherlands). I’ll be looking into Bixby more. I even submitted the podcast I make as capsule (a Bixby voice app).
Here the opening keynote was my best for the day with Adam Cheyer, co founder of Siri and now also of Viv labs which powers the Samsung’s Bixby platform.
Like Cathy he starts with a look back. His inspiration for his Voice work that now exactly spans half his life started with the Apple Vision video called the Knowledge Navigator
He mentioned General Magic. A pivotal company even though they didn’t make it. Both makers of iPhone and Android come from there. It’s crazy they sat two desks apart and are now responsible for devices that are in the hands of billions of people. More than half the world! Watch it
I liked how he shared his goal: “To make the assistant as a paradigm as important as the Web and Mobile.”
And rated the state of Voice today:
- ASR get an A (Automatic Speech Recognition)
- 100k devevelopers in the industry. There 18 mln devs globally who could co Voice. Long ways to go.
- Ok conversation models and decent natural language.. work to be done
- Services rate OK.. they are simple. Not at the point that it replaces the web. It needs to be be expanded.
- Theirs party experiences are too fragmented. Discovery of skills and use cases is poor.
- Multimodel also has a way to go.
- Poor cross-domain interaction.
- Poor personalization.
He showed he is the A level thought-leadership in the space. He is the visionary with the leadership. He and his Bixby team may move their Bixby Voice platform from his 3rd starting position up to 2 or even 1. He gave everyone in the room belief in that potential.
Again he impressed with how Bixby works and how easy it is to develop on their platform.
Did you know that Samsung sells more TVs per second than number 2-7 of the TV rankings together. And they all come with Bixby now.
My favorite slide that day was from Brett Kinsella. It shows the various Voice assistants globally . There is more than Alexa and Google assistant, we just havent checked them out!