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The bots have eyes 👀 - Issue #21

In this issue, we go from Alexa secrets to bots with eyes to the Twitter of audio. If you were shared
The bots have eyes 👀 - Issue #21
By Mari from VoiceFirst Weekly • Issue #21 • View online
In this issue, we go from Alexa secrets to bots with eyes to the Twitter of audio. If you were shared this newsletter, you can subscribe here. In the news this week the enterprise took the spotlight. Let’s start!

The ultimate resource in voice technology.
The ultimate resource in voice technology.
Jobs news
Uber is hiring a Senior Voice UI developer. It reflects (even more) the big companies are moving with voice technology. The part that intrigues me is the Senior part, it reminds me of the jobs posting when Swift was released that demanded more than 3 years of experience. I expect to read tons of future job postings looking for senior or more than 3 years of experience with voice, which right now maybe unrealistic at least.
The bots have eyes
What if chatbots can see? Maybe bots are not getting the job done because customers are not only text. Early stage visual bots have arrived. Look at Levi’s AI-powered virtual stylist and Amazon Look. What happens when that is extended to more chatbots? Interesting read. The bots are going to see, us, hear us and understand us.
Secret messages for Alexa and Co
Someone has been sending secret messages to Alexa. You wonder why she is being erratic, probably she just didn’t get it. A team from Ruhr-Universität Bochum has succeeded in integrating secret commands for the Kaldi speech recognition system – which is believed to be contained in Amazon’s Alexa and many other systems – into audio files.
I think is good researchers are unveiling this vulnerabilities now and that there is work on the security of smart assistants. That’s why I also think the research Amazon released for minimizing machine learning models, to use them offline, might have a big impact in for security intense systems.
Dialog, the Twitter for audio
It was bound to happen. Someone made a Twitter with audio files. Here is the announcement in Product Hunt. Twitter recently added audio broadcasting to Periscope, but so far I haven’t seen the feature widely used. Let’s see if Dialog have a place for our techy hearts and stay.
Making Alexa skills more discoverable
A lengthy piece on one of the cornerstones of voice technology: discoverability. Read if you want to know more about the Alexa technologies that help people find engaging skills. A must read if you work with Amazon Alexa.
Speech recognition technology for air traffic controllers
Speech recognition technology for air traffic controllers
In the news
Quote of the week
If you look at enterprise in general, voice has not been used as much as in consumer, we’re changing the way people work, and that’s always been at the heart of what Apple is about — changing things for the better.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple on Salesforce collaboration announcement.
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