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How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live - Issue #42

This week Samsung showed the first glance for the Galaxy Series latest model the S10. The video ad wa
How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live - Issue #42
By Mari from VoiceFirst Weekly • Issue #42 • View online
This week Samsung showed the first glance for the Galaxy Series latest model the S10. The video ad was mainly showcasing Bixby, their smart assistant. We also learned just yesterday after the Samsung’s Unpacked event that Bixby is going global, launching support for 4 European languages, official versions of British English, German, Italian and Spanish are now globally available. Samsung’s smart speaker will be available in April. If you combine this information with the Apple acquisition of PullString (Plus the executive shake up), the two companies that have been the farthest behind in the voice technology race are showing their heads with the potential to change the market space. I talked back in November of last year when Samsung presented Bixby:
Bixby platform and the developer studio might be a game changer in the smart assistants race. The Bixby team have a different, novel idea on how an assistant should behave and I’m expecting the competition to only be good for the voice ecosystem overall.
My opinion hasn’t changed over the months, specially since Samsung is also hiring developer evangelists and reaching out to developers to ensure they have the support of the company in their development process. That’s increasingly relevant: Developer attention is the currency for modern platforms and digital assistants are no exception.
Lastly, Facebook, another company who has been trailing at the smart speaker and digital assistants race, signaled that shouldn’t be discounted. Facebook Chief Scientist Yann LeCun said to The Financial Times:
In terms of new uses, one thing Facebook would be interested in is offering smart digital assistants — something that has a level of common sense.
This is going to be a very interesting year for voice technology. Expect more announcements from the major technology companies in the world in the battle to own the voice.
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Female digital assistants like Alexa and Siri remain popular in Silicon Valley. It's time to boycott them.
When Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa hit the market, plenty of commenters pointed out the obvious — that they reinforce sexist attitudes.
Will really love to start a discussion around this and hear different opinions on it. Hit me up!
Voicefirst.community announcement
The community will comprise several roles highlighting an ethics code, voice first ratings and other committees that will work to provide guidance on standards for marketing analytics, standards for interoperability, and standards related to specific industry verticals such as healthcare, manufacturing, banking, and more.
Needless to say this is outstanding. The leadership shown by the two biggest community events organizers for voice events: Bradley Metrock and Pete Erickson is only shadowed by the wideness of their ideas. Very excited for a voice first community, and looking forward to collaborating and helping in the community.
How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live
This article is adapted from Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos, to be published in March by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
This is the one you shouldn’t miss this week. Fascinating read on the modern digital assistant space.
The move toward one-shot answers has been just slow enough to obscure its own most important consequence: killing off the internet as we know it. The conventional web, with all of its tedious pages and links, is giving way to the conversational web, in which chatty AIs reign supreme. The payoff, we are told, is increased convenience and efficiency. But for everyone who has economic interests tied to traditional web search—businesses, advertisers, authors, publishers, the tech giants—the situation is perilous. To understand why, it helps to quickly review the economics of the online world, where attention is everything.
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The conventional web, with all of its tedious pages and links, is giving way to the conversational web, in which chatty AIs reign supreme.
James Vlahos
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