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Take problems that can be voice-solvable and create your magic moment - Issue #17

This week has been packed with interesting news and articles in the voice space. This issue we featur
Take problems that can be voice-solvable and create your magic moment - Issue #17
By Mari from VoiceFirst Weekly • Issue #17 • View online
This week has been packed with interesting news and articles in the voice space. This issue we feature branding in voice and fintech chatbots. Buckle up, stay calm, skim/read and share this newsletter!
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The ultimate resource for voice technology
The ultimate resource for voice technology
Conversational AI platforms demand is growing
Insightful article about the rise of conversational AI especially in the enterprise. From present and future challenges when creating conversational interfaces to data supporting it, this is a great read.
More brands are recognizing the influence of voice
Petco voice experiences
Petco partnered with Alpine.AI to build Alexa skills and Google Actions for their PetCoach experience with the intention of leading the way in pet health and wellness questions.
Why voice integration for brands is more important than voice search
A case for voice integration for brands to elevate to magical status. Research questions but not for the SEO, but to take the problems that can be voice-solvable and create your “magic” moment. I recently emphasized in one of our daily briefings that branding in voice it’s going to be the biggest challenge for brands since the internet. Mainly because of the paradigm change in strategy required.
Voice commerce considered next retail disruptor
Despite its title, I put this article into branding because it dives into why brands need to look into voice combined with mobile in a mobile-first, voice second approach. Suppliers seem to understand voice-activated shopping appeal is growing, but many companies are unsure about where to start with a voice strategy.
Chatbot, the intelligent banking assistant
Thorough write up on chatbots. It is directed to fintech but in reality most of the content is about the chatbots use cases.
Amazon Alexa
Ambient computing it’s getting closer
This week Amazon announcement: Contact and motion sensors API available in Alexa for developers. Motion sensors can now be connected to Alexa and activate routines. This can be really useful for home automation, for caregivers and for people with physical disabilities.
50 states of Alexa: Amazon’s voice assistant captivates the Nation
Bradley Metrock dive into Alexa use cases in every state of the Union. I read it from top to bottom, it is a great compilation. What’s your state doing about Alexa? Let us know.
Google Assistant and Home
Google announced the general availability of several features in their Cloud to Speech API: Wavenet voices, powered by DeepMind team, that sound quite natural, audio profiles for customizing audio according to where your are listening to and more. I played with the API and the new wavenet voices. This is the result of the voices tried, and one of them even featured the episode!
Quote of the week
Voice allow people to be understood by technology, not the other way around.
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