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Samsung opens Bixby to developers - Issue #27

Samsung opens Bixby to developers - Issue #27
By Mari from VoiceFirst Weekly • Issue #27 • View online
Exciting announcement by Samsung this week: Bixby Developer Studio is now available to third party developers. Are you enjoying watching this technology wave unroll as much as I’m?
Well, VoiceFirst Weekly is already on Bixby. We were part of their private Beta. Yay.
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Samsung open up Bixby to developers
The company announced this Wednesday Bixby Developer Studio during their Developer Conference in San Francisco. Bixby has encountered some issues in user adoption and it’s notably lagging behind Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Samsung is opening Bixby from product to platform. I have talked in the VoiceFirst Weekly show a good deal why I think this is so important for smart assistants: Developer’s attention is the currency for smart assistants.
The Bixby Developer Studio is offered as a downloadable integrated development environment where human developers can work together “collaboratively” with AI. Samsung executives said that human developers will need only to describe the “what” that needs to be coded, and the AI will determine “how” best to accomplish it — saving developers time in the process.
Open source natural language processing
Tech insatiable hunger for language data was recently highlighted by KT Corp, a Korean Telecomm company. “The biggest difficulty has been acquiring sufficient data on languages” — Kang Da-Som, KT Corp.
This week Google open sourced BERT, a pretraining technique for natural language processing. Pretraining allows to circumvent the lack of large datasets by refining general-purpose language models trained on unlabeled text to perform specific tasks.
The release includes pretrained language representation models in English.
Voice Search: trends to know
The Global web index released a report on Voice Search trends with the goal of:
… investigate who’s using voice technology across devices and on smart speakers, along with the wider implications in the fields of content, commerce and consumer privacy.
The 3 questions it intended to answer will give enough to know if you should deep dive into its 22 pages:
  • How does consumer uptake look, by market?
  • What are the growth prospects for voice tech?
  • What are the implications for consumer privacy?
Do not fear, you don’t have to read the full report: I did a summary of the key takeaways on this Monday’s episode (text and audio).
In the news
This week Alexa turned 4. So young, so much growth ahead. Happy Birthday Alexa!
Is there away to change the slot and the question that Alexa prompts the user for next based on the previous answer? Tutorial on how to elicit dynamic slot for dialog management in Alexa by Justin Jeffress, Alexa Evangelist.
Quote of the week
The balance between convenience, privacy and security for new technologies like voice search often rests upon brands being transparent with their customers.
Global web index Voice Search Trends report
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