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Amazon Updates Alexa App For iOS To Support Light/Dark Modes
"I wanted to tell you about a relatively new feature that has popped up the alexi app. You may be already aware of this because it has been around for a few weeks now. But this is the light and the dark modes such as lee depending on what time of day you log into your lexi app. You will see that the interface looks either bright with sort of a white background or dark with more of a while. He black background and the idea behind. This is that in low light conditions. The dark mode is easier to see. It also. Improves your device battery life while the light mode is better for readability so it's interesting i mean it's great. It's a great little little Feature that amazon has launched. And i noticed that a little while back like i said and it actually makes it a little bit easier to use the app so so win win for everyone. So you haven't logged into your operationally. Go ahead give it a try. See what you think and If you're like me you might be pleasantly surprised with what you
How Clubhouse Has Changed with Power User Vajresh Balaji
"Else has changed from. Your perspective is being a user in september in december and january and february over that time in terms of the way people are using clubhouse aside from the volume. Yeah back in september up until november. I you could if you were in a room you kind of expect people to jump out just random people who are very interesting and now it's becoming harder to find those interesting conversations just Serendipitous louis and i think these are serendipity has moved into clubs Which which is a good thing. You're able to you know nano down in silo on people that you are interested in meeting and make that Interaction happened within clubs. But i do miss the time where you know. We just opened a rule within random celebrity drops in and out and you have the opportunity to interact with like musicians or artists and know that type of interaction doesn't happen bus anymore. It's even just in my brief time using clubhouse things have changed a little bit. We have this this Analogy of a room and it depends on which way the chairs are facing Are are there are. There are a couple chairs on stage and then facing an audience with lots of chairs or is it a like a circle and it seems like there are some there are some small rooms where it still in a circle and everybody really interacts and people drop it it out but for the but i would say even over the last five or six weeks. It seems like it's really changed significantly where there's a lot more stage focused rooms where it's about the high profile people. The people that followers maybe celebrities really talking to the room and then occasionally brings up on stage whereas it seems to me. They're still out there. But there's there's not as high a proportion of the types of rooms where it's just about everybody getting together and talking. Yeah i've certainly seen that as well and get a maybe that's a good From the point of monetization where creators can monetize and kabul certainly wants that You know for creators to be able to monetize their show on but for me. That is really unfortunate. Because mom i now have to work harder to find people to interact with and jining clubhouse like I think the best way to have a to have a good experience on clubhouse like one must have a clear like our goal with like what they're looking out of their couples experience for me. It's very simple. It is to substitute social activity. you know with the pandemic like i was not going out does not hang out with friends and so i saw clubhouse is a way to meet interesting people and you're just lifted that i didn't wanna know grotesque. I didn't have the intention of going in and immediately monetize ing and so just staying true to my intention has been difficult. But it's certainly possible and i honestly can't imagine a pandemic without called
The Power of Audio with Audioburst founder and CEO Amir Hirsh
"Historically it's becoming more and more accessible but how can audio be more accessible so when we started audio your we analyzed. How come we as a personal fans of podcasts in your content and radio content as well thought that there's always all the answer that you want and all the content exists out there. How come he doesn't pick up on the internet. The hukou doesn't pick up on the new digital world and age the same as text and video n. there were several challenges that we've analyze and found them that what we've built around in order to solve his that audio in many aspects is not very easily discoverable. So you can't search audio. You can't came on your. You can't share argue a lot of the times. The audio content was one hour or forty. Five minute long of podcasts or radio show now is very accessible. You can't search for it. You can't look for specific clip or area that you'd like to listen instead of listening fully immersed into the whole show and you couldn't share any of it so what we've done in audio versus that we've built an ai engine that listens to vast amount of audio content. Have it be podcasts. Radio online videos that pretty much became slide with the audio content behind it and in an essence does three actions wanted analyzed it and cut it into short clips so we were able to take a long form show and cut it into the individual items that conversations the topics the questions that happened within it allowing users to get into specific point than sample what they're looking for the second is that we've index each clip that the we call burst we've added as much as possible transcriptions keywords entities source time a mood analytics number of speakers. There's plenty of dimensions that we've added to each clip like that so we'll be able to find it afterwards when the user can't and then we've added that delivery mechanism. Api layer and then on top of it as decay an imitable player for the web and libraries for and android to allow the different products and the different places where users are today to add an embiid audio layer to their products the main essence and misses that we wanted to do an auburn while making acceptable is making it extremely easy for products to add an audio layer and our dimension to what they're offering to their clients and to their users instead of asking the uses to come look for audio summer to come download an app or look for it online. We said no. I want the to be able to listen to their podcasts. Within the running up on the websites to be able to add the audio interview of the person mentioned within the article in the article itself and available that way. We're working on integration with podcasts. Search and audio playlist to be added to automotive to oem's and tier one. So when we drive. I want the or your car to greet you. Good morning. Allen here's the Traffic report and here's what happened in the news. And by the way. I know that you asked about tesla stock last night. Now i'm sorry a couple of days ago here is a couple of Analyst talking about it. That i've found over the night while you were sleeping. That kind of mechanism makes audio is easy and accessible to users wherever they are whenever they are just a touch away or command away or click away and that's the mission that we've done in august and it's quite the future picture. Frankly it's happening today. Alan i gotta tell you so. No no i know. I know it's it's amazing to me. I know you've you've been spending a ton of time building the tech in the meta data structures to make that possible and you talked about a few of the potential customers or ecosystem that you operate in like the news aggregate or the even the automotive industry. Can you go a little deeper for me. Like tell me a little bit more about like where audio burst operates today and like what are some additional use cases where you see your technology fitting in happy to one you remember. We started this conversation with you calling me crazy so i still need to convince you whether you know or futuristic or it's happening today. We were lucky enough happy enough to have multiple great partners invest in our company and work with us hand in hand to build this future. Earth with juristic thing. So you'll see among our investors for example samsung and hyundai and denso giants from the mobile and consumer electronics through the automotive and media world. That have joined with us in this effort to make this happen and that was an incredible. That is an incredible journey for us to do. Other birds today is live and via our player in. Api's and as decays in our have added all your to mobile apps such as flipboard the news break to websites of variety sizes of styles of and topics verticals with our impeccable player. And i think on the automotive that you said sounds of fridge ristic we have a few not live yet but few sees that we're working with leading oem's fortunately i'm not allowed to disclose on unique playlists to be added to their infotainment system to search engine behind voice activation. So you'll say hey name your Favorite car what's the latest on president by then or what's going on with the dallas cowboys or howled the markets of behaving today and you know the for time-to-time some of the existing voice activation will give you a robotic answer. A some clipper what auburn is offering them to dan. The what we're doing with them is the will provide you with the latest clip from professionally produced provider of the content from experts in the media world from the analysts from the best radio stations. Or podcast that will really give you an answer that you'll enjoy listening to that. You can stay focused on that you can listen for you know a few minutes of enrichment content while you dr. So and companies that were working with that are adding the sinking ability into smart earbuds. So you can do it in your car when you jog on when you run either from your app from earbud itself. These are exciting times. I can tell you. In the beginning. It took companies and customers of our some time to adapt and understand the message that we've done but twenty twenty really opened their eyes and saw how much the uses are dying to get talk content and podcasts and user errors. The case every brandon every company out there all of a sudden can become an audio media world and audio media provider. Because they don't need to be worrying about that layer they just add this became we handle everything for them and delight their users. It's pretty. I mean it's amazing. What the infrastructure that you've built behind the scenes if you will of these different applications at frankly proliferation i guess of where it could show up. I mean some amazing amazing platform that you're building from online news sites to encourage experiences to while on the go to your point. I mean i think that is the power of audio is that it can pretty much follow you throughout your day without interrupting. Whatever it is that you need to be doing at that moment in time or where you need to be going. that's amazing.
Enterprise conversational automation with Derek Roberti
"The Enterprise content management space long ago when when sykora's first getting started in the us. Everyone knew they needed a website. We've gotten past that hurdle and everyone has spent years with web developers working in dreamweaver to try to build websites dating myself and everyone knew that they needed a platform to kind of Put some of the day-to-day content management activities in the hands of non coders And it was a really. It was like cultural change. I think within the web development world in terms of seeing these new roles emerge which were web content managers and digital marketers who really needed to get their hands on a platform so that they can do this. Work themselves in the conversational automation space. It's it's similar but different. The the different part is is while you know when when we were starting site core everyone knew knew the website today and something we can talk about as well as not. Everyone knows that they need to automate conversations. Not everyone knows kind of what's possible. And how much time and effort they can save or how difficult projects are so. There's there's still a lot of Lack of clarity and lack of urgency around adopting the technology in general but interestingly similar to kind of where we were recite court. We are at a point where people who have been working in this technology for a little bit are realizing that developers can become a bottleneck in the process of building out richard conversational experiences for customers and and i thought picking on developing asia but there's just limited limited resources with those skill sets that we need to enable a nontechnical less technical user to get their hands dirty with ecommerce platform. Do as much as they can. They're so that way when developers are actually touching the platform. It's to build out. Customer degration 's or to to do things in the system that exceed the exceed the skill set of the nontechnical user but in terms of just updating the logic of a conversation or updating the content of conversation being able to handle new intense those should really be in the hands of a of a business. User is probably you know develop a wise to show you kind of experiences. Wealth through various pieces of work that we've done beyond development develop. There's also in the same way we talk about skill gaps in terms of compensation design practice designing compensation development. Conversations is also two different things as well isn't it helps develop his inauguration. Don't necessarily have the understanding right now. around the tools techniques in a kind of conversational technical development. Would you say justin. Yeah no i think. That's i think that's really true. And then and then also i think the best deal developers are are lazy and a lot of ways. I think that's a positive thing that's eight and so we're talking about derek. About democratizing is sort of a cliche but giving the tools to more people with a company me's at a developer is not a certain bottleneck and they they can work on more interesting things The to push the whole history of web development analogy further kinda interesting. I'd be curious about you guys. Experience is the comparable skill sets that we had in the as kind of the web kind matured was people to who had done print design. Who'd kind of atp done marketing materials and traditional media and try to figure out. How can we take what we know from print translate the web and as as we all know is not a good fit for most of the time they they knew. Some graphical design and marketing messaging. But it didn't always translate. Well interestingly the conversational designed space organizations don't see themselves of even having that vague analogy that we had from print to web from a design perspective. People feel like they're starting from scratch but but the equivalent of that print designer to the web world are actual human beings having conversations with customers. So it's kind of like your customer service. Reps are the ones who can bring in a lot of that knowledge and skills and it might not translate directly to an automated conversation in a word for word. But that's kind of where you're a subject matter. Expertise knowledge resources already exists
Play a Custom Radio Station on Alexa
"Today. I want to give you a little tip. Have you ever found that you listen to a particular song or a particular genre of music and then you're finding that you wanted to listen to more of the same type of music where you can actually do that by using the word radio at the end of whatever. Your song request is so for example you could say lexi play. Insert your artist radio and it'll play songs by artists but also songs by other artists that are similar to that artist or you could do the same thing with asia. You say lexi a play pop radio and it'll play a different songs in genre. You can do the same thing with a particular songs with. There's one song you wanna have as the model for other songs. Listen to you can say lexi play. Insert the name of your song radio. And it'll do the same thing so this is a pretty cool way that you can get a custom playlist of music that is similar in one way or another two other songs that you have requested so again you entered us an artist's name a song name genre name or even a decade name so give that a try hope that gives you lots of listening
Amazon planning a wall mounted Echo
"Moving into the smart home amazon plans a wall mounted echo. According to bloomberg in i okay. Y'all know that. I have been adding things to my house to make it smarter like the infrastructure. So i i actually just added a fin. We'll talk about that in a week or two when i when i start seeing results but added a fin water monitoring device. I added a device from a company called ting that tracks. Basically you plug it in. It looks for electrical fires. I have added an quanta. Water heater controller in product. And so what am i saying. I'm saying these are doing for the sexy devices there. Yeah the unsexy but was interesting here. What i'm discovering is my first night in the finn was like we have detected a very weird thing happening in your house and they sent me a notification but my phone was on. Do not disturb. Sign my house wasn't actually flooding. But i was like you know what i need. I need like a panel. i know right. Maybe like the equivalent of a flashing light. That's like hey these parameters are happening in maybe shakeup deal with it because if it were really a flood. I'd want to know and i don't have the fancy finn that shuts off my water for me so actually thought this was kind of neat because it would be nice to have like a command center that you could add a glance. Look and be like okay. Everything's functioning normally. Yeah i mean we rely on our smart displays quite heavily in our house. Even though i have my phone with me all the time. Not everybody does. And it's really handy to just see something pop up that you know you need to know this right now without looking for your phone or missing a notification. This is actually one of the big downsides of my transition homekit. there's no smart display unless you have an apple. Tv and you're watching tv so bloomberg is saying that amazon's working on this. It's ten or thirteen inch diagonally measured Obviously can control smart devices. It'll have the typical amazon services from music videos. Video chatting with a camera built in should be pretty skinny thin unlike some of the smart displays. Because this can be wall mounted and bloomberg says it's could retail for between two hundred two fifty. Maybe by the end of this year. Anything can happen because this is just them. Hearing from sources we amazon has new official comment on this. But i think these ecosystems are overdue for something like that a lot of people used ipads they mount ipads to their wall and use those. Yeah so you wouldn't have to do that and you could use your ipad ipad actually so
How To Change the Device Name
"Today i want to share a little tip with you about how you can change one of your or more of your echo devices. Names now first of all. Why would you wanna do that. Well if you want to be able to call your device or drop in on a particular device and you want it to have a name that is representative of the room. Is the room that it is in. Then you might wanna consider this so for if you have a device in the kitchen you might wanna actually name the device kitchen. 'cause then when you say drop in on kitchen it's going to drop in on that particular device of them accents. Here's how you doing you basically go to your lexi app. You click on the devices button along the bottom. Then you select echo and then select the particular device that you want to change and you select edit name and then you simply change the name and you are good to go and then the next time you want to drop in on that device or play music on that device you now use the name and of course you can be as creative as you want with that. But practically i find it useful to call the device whatever room it is located in again. So that when you're dropping it on that room it just makes
Stereo Echo Speakers
"Hey terry here are doing well. It is wednesday. Hope your day off to a good start or good end if this is the evening for you today i want to give you a little bit about how you can actually set up stereo pairs of echo devices. If you happen to have to in a room you can actually use them to play music in stereo. This is how you do it. Pretty simple you go to your lexi app. You click on devices. Then you're going to click on a plus sign and then you're going to click on the texas has set up audio system. Then you're going to select stereo pair. And then the rest is pretty self explanatory. You will simply follow the instructions on the screen and once you have done that now you can listen to your music through people speakers at the same time in stereo so give that a try particularly if you are an audio file and you love this music. Now there's a way that you can do it with lexi.
Skilled Creative: Helping Brands Build Best-in-Class Voice Programs With Brandon Kaplan
"Brandon. So tell us. I'd love to hear about some of the things that you've done with your company. Some of the really creative stuff that you have have built and maybe even talk about some of these cases if he can some of the some of the really cool things were going on sure. I mean so When the company started doing a bunch of different technologies so we were doing voice. computer vision. Augmented reality you know. We were doing a computer vision in vending machines for pepsico where we could see. Like what different demographics were vending different flavors on these machines. We have seen that. Like men over fifty were vending vanilla beverages and everyone over a yet under twenty was was bending lemon with their pepsi. Really interesting and rejection mapping in hotels in new york city and you're doing chat bots voice and in about two and a half years ago. I completely shifted the agency. One hundred percent voice because i felt that Voice was really the only tech. That wasn't that wasn't an activation is really shifting consumer behavior. Since then we've been purely doing vote and we've been working with really cool clients. We've actually done quite a few quite a few projects with pepsico We've done some voice activated kiosks on college campuses. That engaged with college students During during finals month that was really fun. Motivational talks through vending machines. We we've done like really cool lifestyle experiences for pepsico We worked with meredith corporation's. Been one of our best partners and we've helped to launch a series of experiences for them so we launched all recipes into market. we launched entertainment weekly We just launched a really exciting project with health magazine. that's called my daily mindset and it's a fourteen day a affirmation so i think right now needs positivie so it's fourteen day Day and we put so much creative care love into that. It's a great experience and we we've also launched with a real simple real simple relax. Which was another meditation experience. We've done things with fan wall like interactive betting with fan duel. We've done simon and schuster rarity. Now we're working with The nba one Group in a couple of other media companies. So we've we've always been largely focused on media and entertainment and then cpg. Those are two areas of the industry. That are going to gain a lot of traction in the next six twelve eighteen months and where we have more of creative of flexibility to play
How To Adjust Alexa's Volume Automatically
"You ever wished that you could control lexi's volume so that she would speak a little louder or a little bit softer at different times of the day. While i want to share a little tip with you to help you do that all automatically. So here's the scenario in my home. At a certain time at night. I would love for lexi's volume to go down so that if i'm speaking with her and i'm not using the whisper command. She'll respond in a more quiet tone. And then in the morning. When i wake up and i'm speaking with her. I wanted to be a little bit more loud. So that i can hear if on across the room or getting ready or whatever the case may be this is how you can do it and this is the power of the routines so what you do is you go into your lexi app. And then once they're in there you're gonna hit the more icon in the bottom right corner. Then you're gonna see routines e click on that and then you want to add routine so you click on the plus button and enter a routine name. So let's say you're going to call it volume so then you click next and then you click on the when this happened. So that's the trigger and you change it to schedule an you choose whatever time you want to. Adjust the volume. Once you've done that you're going to click on the ad action button. And then you're going to click on device settings you click on volume and you simply adjust the volume. And then if you want to have lexie change the volume at a different time of day. Then you just create another routine for that particular time of day and there you go and now you've got lexi automatically changing the volume at specific times of the day and you never have to worry about if she's speaking too loudly or two
27 Years Of Bringing Voice Assistants To The Masses with Adam Cheyer
"Atom. Let's start off with some introductions you are an for people in the voice space you are well known and so for a lot of people watching us. They probably have a sense of who you are. But i'm sure there are some people here that don't so i'd you to take a moment or two and just introduce yourself to the audience. Sure i've been working with voice and and conversational system for a long time since the early nineties. I'm best known as the co founder. Serey technical co founder. Siri which was the at. That's all to apple. Makes jerry. And i also was co founder of labs which ulta samsung. That's powering the new bixby assistant incredible. I mean you stop right there. We're done that's a good conversation that that's that's quite a resume at an so it's it's a real pleasure to have you on here so we'd love to get your thoughts today on voice assistance over the really the decades. 'cause that's what you have decades of experience in this and also where you think it's going in the future so maybe we can just kinda start with i mean. How did you cope with the idea of siri. First of all or the the the company that became siri. What are your thoughts on that. And how did you first get involved with. Voice technology voice and where. Where did you develop that line of thinking you know. So i've been pretty consistent with the vision that i had for my career so in nineteen ninety three which was the year before i saw web browser modina was my came out in one thousand nine hundred four. Someday they're going to be computers around the world with content and services that we want to access and i never thought we would use hyper links and documents and web pages to do the away. I envisioned it is. I thought everyone would have an assistant. And you could say i wanna know. That's all i wanna do that. And the job of the assistant would be to take that request break down into sub requests route all the sub request to the right machines around the world perform the operations or gathered the data presented to the user learn from those interactions. And help these got the job done so for me. Siri or the assistance. I've been working on. Have been about and interface not the only one but an-and or face to what i imagined to be wet. You know services and content coming online dynamically and in nineteen ninety-three. I actually built a prototype of that ran on a little tablet. Pc about this big yet to connect it to a dial up modem twenty four hundred islands modern up a phone with one of those chords on it. You remember. we're dial into a server type in your your pass code into this and if you had both the little terminal device and the phone the would pair if they're logging within user then you could speak into the phone. The words would come out on the little. Pda the device. You could correct it with a pen and then you could delegate your request to dynamic set of services and not only individual services but combinations of services in a typical request some ten fifteen different services who did not know about each other with now start to be invoked to perform the request that you just ask. Kazoo added new services and new content on the fly as new sites. Were coming up on the web on the fly. What you could say and do dynamically changed and so it was a very. That was kind of my my vision. I felt ninety read The nineties. I had something like fifty different iterations of voice. Assistance can tell you about some of those. But i've been trying to get this to the masses for twenty seven years more than twenty seven years now and i keep getting closer and closer and closer in syria and big speed is all along that path. That same vision of the assistant. Who knows you and really serves as your mediator to help you achieve requests and you can do it through typing through clicking all part of one conversation where you make requests responds. You refine your requests and you work to test them. So that's how. I got started nineteen ninety-three at sri international.
Designing Trustworthy Voice Assistants
"Elaine lee on building blocks of building. Trust elaine lee as a designer specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning with a focus on ethical. Ai she is currently a principal product. Designer at twi-. Leo on the i team and previously led the design of ebays. Ai powered shopping assistant on facebook. Messenger and google assistant. Enjoyed the show to the future is spoken today. I have a very special guest linley with me and we are going to talk about designing trustworthy voice. Assistant welcoming thanks sean. Thanks for having me thank you. How are you doing today. I'm doing great. The weather here is pretty good in san francisco right now. So i'm happy about that. Awesome awesome. could you tell us a little bit about your background. And how did you get into conversation design. Yeah so. I actually consider myself as a product designer. I started my design career in the advertising industry. So i didn't go to design school or will i actually studied psychology in undergrad. And then also the in grad school. So i guess like fasting. Four to two thousand fifteen is joined a startup in san francisco. Paul assembly mate. When i joined we weren't working in the competition a space or conversation. I experienced this but we quickly pivoted to product says essentially a slack bus and what it did was got people things in their office space so for example goofy for lunch or got them office supplies and things like that. When i first started in space it was quite exciting because it was very different from what i knew as practicioner as like a surly friend aware. We're working in the constraints of a slack interface for example when when we have to light essentially stopped working on that i was still quite excited about the space because i felt like there's so much more that can learn and i only had a small taste of it so at that time ebay was actually looking for designers to work in that space walk in the shopping essence space so i joined ebay are working on that. The difference between what we were doing at assembly made and what seeing ebay is assembly made the body recreate. so essentially that was like some of the conversation was automated and then handed off to human whereas at ebay it was completely first. So that means there's never going to be a human to come to the rescue for any kind of fallback reasons so that was a different type of design challenge there and currently right now. I'm at tulio on the platform side. So i worked on a product called autopilot and essentially that is a conversational a building platform for you to be able to like building train conversation. I experienced this fascinating new fee. Lake your psychology background in any way when you're designing these or renew on designing the experiences and he thinking about the conversation in general our own on like you mentioned one was where you had a little bit of a and then there was a handoff were says it was completely. I drew in where there was. No i think. Actually the psychology background line housemate in all aspects of mike design career from anything from the even the visual designs strategy behind to conversation on design. Anything it's mainly because of the communication parts of it of like seeming together. How do we communicate with people how to we engage with people to have them respond to what maybe your website your app or even your conversational but is asking from the user to do so. I believe that part definitely help in just like thinking about the user a lot more thinking deeper about what are some of those problems that they might have that we can solve for them so as a product manager. You also have to think about us. So is kind of Plan for you than because you have a background where you actually understand what the users think new but also using the same kind of things products which is ended up amazing right. Yeah definitely i do see that. Overlap between the product manager and the products designed a role in regards to that which only really helps build a better product in. You have a more cohesive team where you're all kind of thinking about the same problem space trying to tackle the same thing tonight pretty much so human january would feel right now and Tell our audience a little bit more about claim modernist video designer centric product where people can see it on the station on floor. It is immoral for devils injuries. A very good question. If you if you're around the bay area you probably see a lot of these assets from chile saying like developer. so i think traditionally it's developer focus. Sue in general is a cloud communications customer engagement platform. We essentially enable businesses to be able to communicate with their customers through different channels like texan voice video emails in chat. What's up etc. I would say like specifically the product that i was working on. Autopilot is a platform for not just developers. Then people who. Maybe don't know as much code.
ATU509 AT Toolkit with Audrey Busch ATP
"Now we all know. Smart speakers have made some amazing changes especially in the world of assistive technology back in the day to really automate most things in a home. It required a whole lot of money. Some rewiring general contractor. And usually maybe even creationism things. That didn't even exist before but then these devices. These personal assistant started coming out and not completely and totally. Just focus on the amazon echo. But that is probably the most popular the ones that have more people have in their home. That a story over at forbes and it's got some pretty interesting thoughts in it it's titled amazon alexa blurring the boundaries between assistive tech and companionship drew my gusts alexio and it really just starts off with talking about some of the things that i just said how these devices have really helped folks control their homes and on their lights cook their food answer questions that reminders all these different things just by using their voice but it digs into a little bit more about how is helping individuals emotional wellbeing and even staving off loneliness now if you can thinking there's a lot of programs out there including ones that we're working on here to use the devices with the cameras and the screens in reduce steve off loneliness so that folks don't get socially isolated can actually talk to other people family members and things like that with these devices but this isn't talking about that this is talking about staving off loneliness and helping with mobile wellbeing by talking to the device itself and it actually gets into talking about a couple of different studies that have really looked at the way that especially individuals with disabilities or beginning to form genuine emotional bonds with what they call an intelligent personal assistant or an ip a and to do this they interviewed folks they kind of did a broad sweep of some different reviews of the device as well as some keyword searches and things like that. So i mean it's it's new research to kind of see how it does. But here's a few of the quotes that they got from these individuals. I wanted official. Said i can talk to alexa when i'm lonely. Have a question or my executive function is failing others even say that alexis not only a caregiver and friend that i rely on her all the time. She's not only a companion. she's so much more. So if you really think these folks are actually completely bonding with this device and in some ways. That's completely understandable reviewed. Think any time. Do i have a question anytime that. I want to be reminded of something any time that i want to heck and make a call or eternal light or really. Do anything in my home. I just ask alexa. She does it. But only that i can even have casual conversation games with their do all these other things and a lot of other stuff that perhaps i couldn't do with my direct service professional with fame member of maybe comes by every once in a great while. It's someone that's always there always answers and someone that kind of just does whatever you ask to do by just using that little key word as it gets of deeper in there. It talks about that. Individuals with disabilities are more likely to suffer from a lack of independence loneliness loneliness and 'isolation and of course we all probably kind of knew that and i'm very sure the pandemic really exacerbated that issue but definitely something that i did not quite at the scale that it was suspended in two thousand seventeen a survey so that a typical day one in eight individuals with the disability experience less than half an hour of interaction with another person. Think about that. I mean just really and truly think about that and how little time that is. It also says here. Additionally eighty five percent of young adults with disabilities age eighteen to thirty four reported feeling lonely loneliness was really there and of course that can lead to a lot of issues later in life and just. Nobody really wants to be lonely. So they're using these voice assistance to kind of talk to. It's actually a pretty good article with a lot of different kinds of thoughts and even at the end gets into those ethical questions of you know. I'm i'm making friends. I'm i'm relying on this device that is owned by a sales company. Basically so could that be used for maybe not good purposes of course. Of course that's always always kind of there. But i suppose we need to look on the good side here and look on the. At purposes and how it can really help individuals with disabilities so all of us in this field. Really know and here on this show. We've talked about a sometimes. I'll what alexa could do. But i want to share this story with everyone. Just because i found it very interesting raises a lot of great questions and really is something that i think. We're gonna see more and more of as we go on as these these types of devices these as they call them. Become more and more intuitive. So we'll put a link to this story over in our show notes. Assistive technology can be really hard to explain to folks. I still think that a lot of my family and friends believe that i work in. It and they really just don't know the differences. Some of this is not really listening and some of it is that you just don't know what you don't know. For employers and other organizations knowledge about assistive technology can be the difference between attracting and keeping valuable employees and for organizations that serve individuals with disabilities and ageing populations. This knowledge can be the difference and increased independence and accomplishing goals. The where in the world start. I'm a little biased. But i would say that this podcast is a great place
Bringing human-like performance to AI custom voices with Zohaib Ahmed
"Kind of give us a bit of an intro to yourself into resemble the i on what doing what you do for sure so My name's hey. I'm the ceo and co pattern resembling. I we've been around for limit now. So we basically focus on building custom voices in links. Betty bushes forward in all sorts of direction so Helping with branding helping discover the right choice for you Controllability of the custom boys etc and the ad. What we've been Building a whole product line around. And i'm thinking. I said when i first come across. I don't know if it's still the same. Because i haven't was going through. The process is monitoring delaware three before it was literally as simple as going to the website recording a snippet of of audio on all of a sudden you've got gotta synthetic voice of the bulk of it is still. The process is is a bit monto to we. Basically it We made it really easy to build your own voice. You still in the way back. You recorded fifty sentences which takes about like maybe five to ten minutes depending on how fast read at the end of you. Have a voice built for you There we have entire pipeline where you're able to upload any sort of data to what's so if you know currently use a voice talent or If there's a voice talent you want to use You're able to kind of that data on your own and kind of uploaded directly as raw files and we handle the rest. We build voice from there So yeah there's there's not a lot of requirements since very flexible in how you go about it and looking at your website. You've got a lot of different applications like you're talking about digital characters something called resemble fill and and of course things like smart assistant says well so order. People using resembled alday four today mainly falls in two categories. Anyone that cares about roy. Spreading so You know if you are building in assistant or like a while excess scale etcetera where they may interfaces voice. You probably want that to be memorable voice something that represents your brand. Kate mentioned you have a website. You have mobile app already have said entity cut a shame. If you just kinda use a stock way. Some of the box for voice experience. Then we have some more exciting exciting things like vr and ar digital characters Games where we really showcase. How controllable these voices are so. It's not just building like texas feature engine where you type in stock and you get to read it but it's also about like how to the voices are what kind of performance you can get out of bit weekend. We range in customers at the end of the day. Everyone's focused on building the best voice possible and on top of that once. They have that branding in place where we really shy in his skill abilities so things that humans aren't able to today which is you know if you're running a call center and you have hundreds of calls per hour Or thousands of calls per hour thousands of agents How do you scale to that to that degree. You generate things faster than mealtime responses etcetera. There's a lot of blood of those things where you know. Unfortunately humans even though he can multitask colleagues have like a hundred conversations at the same time But subedi is very very good at that so yeah those are probably the two big reasons why you wanna use
Episode 174: Clubhouse, Instagram & Bad Teeth
"At least that's what it says here. Markelle for la la la la la la he is from double tap tv. My steamed co host. He's actually the boss guy on the tv side of things on tv other to find that it's a big bloody picture. That appears on screen in my house. Shown prese or should i say sean says what can i be esteemed as well. Don't think i've ever been esteemed a fancy just steamed. Yes exactly good for you good old fashioned hotdog exa- especially that heating in the shade going sorry law as it's no. Yeah that's right. Yeah how y'all do this week mark. I'm getting by dove me to buy a lot of a lot of dental work over the past couple of weeks i this is. This is a a public service announcement for those who neglect their overtime. And not that. I'm you know very guilty of it because i. I don't think i've gone. Longest i've gone is probably year and a half between dental appointments. But you're supposed to be doing this every six months guys and when you don't things happen and you end up with things like root canal which you think is going to be just go in one day and and you know deal with pain. Get over it now. This is like five visits. You got to get a root canal. Then you gotta get the cleaning then. You got to get the crowd. Then you've got to get the it's just it's not fun that doesn't sound so i went to the dentist last when i was twenty one and i'm telling forty this year too long leave that may you know what stephen at this point you might as well just wait it out to they all follow. That's kind of wherever i just think. Just let it go. you know. they're all broken. Yeah just let it go feed the stereotype of the british and their teeth. Stephen well-done scotty see war. And the thing is. I don't have a drug problem. Which would obviously normally be the case that we should do. We should Post our respective smiles on social media. Mogul judge no. I think that sounds great. This is so on topic. When i when i smile on screen. I looked down every time. I'm like look at me ugly giveaway all your secrets would not much of a secret is on screen you know. I do on telly a secret. On teddy yes. How are you sean. Please price of it when you do that. Yes no i'm very good. I'm very good. Although i have just woke up it's up. Just you know when you i'm getting to that age. I'm way past the. But as soon as i sit on a sofa if i don't get up again we've in seminaries. I'm asleep open. Dribbling asleep is ridiculous. Stop feeding these british steady people. Oh we're just a just a prize or not really good at this. This is terrible. I mean come on guys this is this is like i mean. I must admit this is a great reason to wake up to talk about. Of course we're young sexy it we're tack than stuff. Yeah exactly like this we cry. I don't know why should we see this. I mean i didn't know if we should say this because then if we see it at loud it's like it makes it happen. What we've been talking this week about going on instagram now. I'd i still doing a clue. Instagram is and. I'm hoping that a child will tell me at some point. But apparently we're talking about this snow and i was looking at some of the videos posted on their own garbage question mark. Clearly you're not following the right people who to slow me. One guy was just sitting good. Boom boom boom and that was it was what exactly are you. Are you subscribe to an instagram. Because you primarily photos. I mean yes they do have some videos and some interesting video features on there which i think we might take advantage of but On the photo side of things you're clearly not following the right people i mean. There's this great great imagery that you're gonna see on instagram. And some great stories to yet you. You'll be able to see it. You'll be able to read the captions and you'd be able to. You'll be able to enjoy it that that that begs the question. And i think it's one of these things that we should maybe throw a poll out. There is instagram. One of those social media sites that people low vision actually use. I question is is a great question. I don't know clearly based on the room here. I'm guessing the answer's no well. I mean i can see a little bit rice off. Got the ability to look pitra close not necessarily get detail. Water is which is why fund enough we were looking yesterday. Sean i at some of the images to find if they had any was called takes. That's where people alternative text on so he can't see image you'll discuss sense warriors looking at one particular won't see who but we were looking at someone who's
Natural Sounding Synthetic Voices
"I have already special guests from local patail opelousas. List the ceo of hookah lady. Who works on saturday voices. That's right yeah. Welcome rupel you. Yeah likewise so. Can you audience little i am by trade s keep scientists. I have equity minute university in boston. And by sun out at technology from my love in twenty fifteen of oh baby and what we do. Is we make customized synthetic voices for individuals as well as for companies. He actually started with a mission to create. Was this for people couldn't seek an have them have their voice. Sounds more like it was a fitting for who they are whether they lost their voice or whether they have to begin with to use it as effectively to communicate. That's interesting actually. The use case was completely different dangled the use cases. Now you have right like you started the with to enable people who have any kind of speech limitations. I'm from there to now wait. Vocalized does a lot more than just enabling synthetic voices for people who are disabled release. But now you can have extra to speech any written every so could you talk a little bit more about all. The different lines and about colletti does days. Yes yeah. I think that the core technology is really a test to see right and i think until more recently it was very difficult to make a text to speech engine that was unique sounding because it's so much effort time to create each of the voices so with the new machine learning algorithms. That are out there. Now there's just keep ability to create these voices morris scale so we started seeing is as our technology became more more human sounding more natural sounding we saw applications beyond assistive technology primarily. If you think about the voice. I interface right now are so. Demand from voice is skyrocketing so every piece of content. Now that we used to make me. but they're eyeballs. Were reading or listening to with our ears right. And how do you create that much content that quickly that convincing sounding of course you can have that we don't allow these this content but that's actually i'm consuming. There's a lot of friction in that in terms of getting people back. Then we'd like little bits of audio. So what we're doing is enabling that to be customized. Still to be unique voices so i just use alexa voice or google voice to read out loud content. That's about your brand. So we make that customized to the brand you can think about is the number of different verticals you can think about it short marketing content. Where you wanna have a unique way said that or your grandma saying that could be customer support about calling. It could also be more specific applications. That are that are a lot more about social connections so our goal is to use voice that social connector and to be able to do that at scale so use founded as those speed scientists right and started your own company so every everyone i mean when they started the company. Obviously it comes through some problem so it wasn't any such problem which you identified with a new conflict. Okay i have to create Because this is xyz problem because you mentioned diptych knowledge right a little bit would back. Yeah absolutely Wide research primarily at ban with people who were not speaking on a very limited speech. Slow control emmy in my laboratory with bill different kinds of applications to help them communicate more efficiently and also more effectively.
Rohit Prasad Amazon VP and Head Scientist for Alexa AI Recalls His First Day at Amazon
"So now in two thousand thirteen when you arrived at amazon that was pre echo But they were already working and they've been working on the project for several years at that point So they've been working at echo alexa. But we hadn't seen it in the wild yet. So why don't you give me a perspective. And you and i've talked about this briefly in the past but only very briefly i've talked to l. lenzi about a few other folks who were there early. What was it like for you to coming in at that stage before launched but after they were a little ways along maybe quite a ways quite a way as long in developing the early and sanitation alexa. My first day was exhilarating My is just little. When i saw this device which was in hardware from it already existed The what we know. The iconic echoed the sorta which is just right behind accident as all the signatures from the people who actually were on their project the daily launched So that of course is quite as sweet memories from those days And the those day was really exhilarating for me Because i felt this was the dream. That every searcher wondered where khan and make it possible very bored it was Of course it was a humbling in the same way like in the industries for so long that it i like well. Is this even possible to get done. And the only days when. I was frozen You mentioned lindsay. I was in office. He tried to demo. It did not work. But i felt like that's great. I have a huge opportunity to make it work. So so it was timely in many ways and And i think the team had come a long way in terms of what What was again on a long journey to launch But we had Especially the hardware was bare and It's was essentially the elements of making far field special recognition and large-scale natural understanding and decision. Making this happen which was I was hired to do and it was Just fascinating Day one. I still remember and it will be Something that i'll never forget how appropriate you will remember day. One so inside joke for everybody. Following amazon's So i've talked to jeff adams about this when the app was originally acquired and he said they had no idea what they were getting into. They didn't know what the project was or anything. So you know that was. That was a couple years before you when you were being interviewed for this job. did you know. Did they tell you that they were building a smart speaker. Not those specifics. at all was completely unknown. It was clear though that it was something revolutionary something that hasn't been done before But it was very hard for me to imagine the exact form factor of actual What kind of device. It is and to be honest. I was surprised by looking at this water walls and had beast enough to say that there was something transformational As a possibility for future. And that's why i join amazon It was quite comfortable in what i was doing. And was being challenged in many different ways but that bar of being truly revolutionary and the fact that we had a company which was highly customer obsessed and the scale that can make This technology of a i really useful for millions and millions of customers was what brought me
ATU508 Waymo with Clem Wright
"Don't miss out on this wonderful training to learn how to make sure that everything you create is a little bit. More accessible will put a link to the webinar registration over in the show notes. Are i already day comes to us from over at samsung newsroom. It's titled expanding accessibility with samsung part to audio. So this talks about some different things. That samsung is beginning to build into their. Tv's to really help with accessibility. And then once they talk about in this story are really targeted towards individuals. Who might be deaf or hard of hearing. This is the first feature. It actually talks about it. Sunday call sign language zoom. So if you really think on a lot of press conferences news stories. Maybe some other stuff especially kind of during the pandemic as as officials are having. Maybe more press conferences. We will see the little boxing. It's usually either in the upper right hand or lower right hand corner of the sign language interpreter for those who know a lot about sign language. You know that while it does have some hand gestures really the body language. The facial expression all these are very important in conveying the message of sign language. In what you're trying to get across so sometimes that little box just isn't quite enough so something they're building in is something called sign. Language zoom and this uses an artificial intelligence algorithm it will automatically recognize sign language and magnify that person. That's performing it up two hundred percent so if you really think it makes that actually the focal point over to the side of the screen. So if you're using that for comprehension you're going to have a whole lot more to deal with it a whole lot more to be able to see this as you can actually take this feature and even manually choose an area on the screen to magnify so maybe if it doesn't find that interpreter using its algorithms. You can have it actually magnify that area on your own or do you alter the magnification ratio to get a closer look at other things such as questions on a quiz program or even a scoreboard at a sports event. Us for some different things. But what it's really made for is to really change that zoom level on the interpreters though that they're much more accessible the next thing he talks about is something called separate closed caption. I didn't really know that this was kind of a thing or something. That was a problem. But i suppose it actually talking to some folks. It is a problem for some things. It's one of the broadcast actually have to provide closed captions for all the different programs to help out Deaf consumers absorb that content but sometimes the tv program itself also has captioned. Those two sets of words can overlap. So you're not really going to get anything kind of from it so in this situation. There's something called separate closed caption and this lets you move the closed captioning for the deaf to a different viewing area on the tv. You also changed background in text colors in order to make them a little bit easier to see but not only that this can also move around where those closed. Captions are on the screen. So if you have something like i think of the score ticker whenever you're on watching sports game it tells you all the other scores. Maybe there's other information that's at the screen where normally those closed captions would be. You can just move them out of the way so that you're still able to get that information that is showing on the screen as well as read. The closed captions in order to understand. Exactly what's going on. And then the last thing that it talks about here in this story something called multi output audio. So if you think if you're you know if you have more than really two maybe three people in a room listening to the tv. It's usually too loud for someone maybe too quiet for someone else what this does. Is it actually let you change the volume for different users. So if an individual has a hearing impairment they could wear a pair of bluetooth headphones turn up the volume as much as they want in order to be able to hear it but everyone else listening to the tv won't be affected. Their volume stays the same until they change it. So you can actually change the volume depending on what listening device and you'd have more than one person different listening devices all listening to it at the same time. Six really cool built in technology that samsung starting to put in their televisions to make them a little bit more accessible to folks who are deaf and hard of hearing. Hopefully we'll hear more about this kind of stuff and see even more. Accessibility features added to televisions from samsung and other companies in the future. But we'll definitely keep an eye out but for now we'll put a link to this story right over in our show. Notes transportation probably has to be one of the biggest barriers for individuals with disabilities finding accessible ride shares. Buses or cabs can be a bit of a hassle and in some cases can even lead to discrimination as clem right product manager for waymo and they're out to make driving in writing a lot easier more accessible and maybe even more enjoyable and they're really just removing one major component. The driver clem. Welcome to the show. Thanks so much for having me. I am really excited to talk about this technology. And just all that it can do for folks but before we get into that. Could you tell listeners a little bit about yourself. sure as you said. I'm a product manager at waymo.
Episode 173: The Dog Ate My Internet, Star Link, Facebook & Smart Watches
"Tap canada. Eight is is stephen. Sco by with you again this week host as i said before and i'll say again a moose loose a this is not a good thing in canada. Different in scotland. Distantly mean very much here. The differences between two cultures. I guess with us this week on our tech program is a textual honest. I've got my cost of double tap. Tv with me is mark ruffalo. Anyway and sean this shed in manchester review account rome ours. Come on. he's thank you. I'm good how he's everyone you know what he a. Uk worried yes worried. I heard rumors that. Sean may not be on this week's show because he was busy digging up his yard for doug poop four dog poop in spite of dark when you walk in somewhere and nothing works no internet. My shed was internet lewis. It was all it was terrible. We met every week. I come into the studio. Nothing looks you five minutes before we hit the go button on this show mark. I normally smelling smoke. Wondering what's dead today. But i mean i wish i smell of smoke you know. I had to dig through the gardens of find where the ethernet cable had been chewed through by my dog. Doug did it yes. Everyone's a critic dog a beautiful here. I go here so first question. How did you fix it. That's why i want to know. I'd love to say i did it. But a a mining off shoot so he patched it up somehow using magic screwdrivers so yeah there's a patch there so hopefully e drivers now. The question is when you got your internet connection because people don't know you're in your shed and people think this is a joke you think you are in. Yes yes. I like to call a lodge now because it signs better pillow. I see no. It's definitely a garden shed Being thrown out is definitely a god family. The family can't handle you being in there so they've cake chess and you're in the shed so what you've done is you've run a cable from the house to your shed so an internet cable. Did you just get an amazon basics. Hundred meter cable and just stick it on in the garden of. He's through some soil over it in the hope that you know the garden would be wrong if i did do that but no i actually gone. External grade ethernet cable. So exactly for this. It's go a big thick coat on it plastic so it should be impervious to being chewed by dog but apparently illinois no I did run drainpipes. All the way underneath flags and patios all the way up to the shed in order to run the the cable through it. When i tried to actually pull the cable through the string got call and just stunk. So now i do that. So yes. I've just nailed it to the fence running up to the ship. It works sometimes. It's not even it's not even elevated. It's literally ground level so your dog can just chew it. Yeah yeah a beautiful beautiful drain conduit as a nice big pipe going from your house. Yes i sliding through it like a war sly exactly okay this beautiful and protective cavity going from your home to your shed to run cables and have protective. internet goes down to sitting there. Yes yes. I'm not gonna take everything up again forget it. It's okay works. It doesn't rule going to be using satellite f five g or something in a couple of months. It'd be great. Don't worry about a can't satellite five gene burns faster than conduit to a whole new manchester. Yeah exactly wow okay well as a fascinating insight into the world of show which i have to say is i mean we mark what you say that we'll see contributions and then we'll make that decision. Listen i wanted to ask you. Because this i was going to bring up last week and i forgot. So what's new Altered ask you marlowe startling. Yes oh yes in. i'm trying to. I'm really trying to the way they're doing. The rollout in north america here is that you go to the startling website you type in your address and if you're eligible meeting if you're in one of the areas that they need to beta test Typically rural areas in the middle of nowhere. Then they'll send you a kid immediately. You pay five hundred dollars in your and your off So i've signed up. I've i've put my address on a waiting list now. So it's first come first serve in certain areas so i put a deposit down to one hundred twenty nine dollars and i'm waiting to see what will be chosen and they've got a couple of the friends to who actually are in rural areas. I'm looking forward to it. Yeah i think you're right. I mean for the ruling. This is going to be great. I i've seen a few seen it. There's a movie out there. Colder independence day. Yes i've seen it at the beginning of it as satellites don't feel too well against this particular alien menace and this. I'm just wondering if you thinking ahead on this you're gonna be a backup internet. I starling is the backup internet cases across your garden.
A Look Inside ZoomInfo's Plans For 2020 with Scott Sutton VP of RevOps
"What's your focus for twenty twenty one in where you guys will improve. Yeah i think if you've been falling as in kind of What we talked about a lot of earnings calls and our progression or looking at international expansion and twenty twenty one putting more concerted effort. They're continuing to grow out. Our business were you. We've been growing growing. I think solidifying enterprise organization better. Serving our largest clients is an area of growth and continuing to expand products. We think Expanding beyond the core of what our product is a lot of people think of us as a data provider solely. Maybe doesn't know all of the other things sales intelligence tools we have the acquisitions we've made surrounding out. That is a big focus from me and the team here. So you guys integrating you guys have as you mentioned you've made some acquisitions in the intelligence space and helping people Your products are amazing. You do a lot more like i used to. Just think of zoom info is like okay. Let's go get a list you know. And we give it to the sales team and they start dialing an email So much more now especially around the tent Are you working on deeper. Integrations with those tools How how you evolving your own tech stack. Yeah i think There's a couple of different ways so there a couple of the acquisitions. From last year with click aji and string click different. It was really about bolstering the antenna offering that we have and giving going into real time intent where you can actually see the moment that people are are searching for your particular keyword search for your application and targeting in and then offering custom ten. I think people who have looked at the intense space they're always kind of pigeonholed into certain keywords. We're going to be able to offer really bespoke custom audiences so for chop funnels. If you had a great particular niche that you wanted to go after we could curate that for you and helped deliver it. And that's that's really unique in. It's interesting on. It's something that that i find value and then Everything is really about. Continue to bolster our database in the breadth of coverage. We are looking to expand our engaged product and and offer more of a holistic offering for those who want to kind of go to market out of our application so doing basic dialing in emailing directly from the
How we built the HeyMercedes Voice Assistant with Mihai Antonescu
"Here we go here. We go here. We go here. We go welcome welcome welcome. How is everybody doing town. Well how are you doing. Cain very good very good. No no punch me high pretty well. Nice my morning coffee. Yeah baskin in the san francisco or is no yeah. The weather is really nice today. So hopefully i can get outside for walk. Nysc whether in paris justice bolting is in london. I'm not really from my apartment all that much lately. It's pretty chris so anyway me. Hi welcome to the is is an absolute pleasure to have you on big big fun of the work that you and your team have been doing to mercedes and this episode really. Isn't what for us to delve into a little bit. So as we kind of kick off you wanna give people a bit introduction to yourself and your role cities and vivid description of only been doing. Yeah so i work. As a product manager at mercedes benz research and development north america. And i'm responsible for the. Hey cities voice system. In the north american market specifically on the operation development side and adjusting the assists into our customers from the north american market cool. That sounds good and more. Where did you kind of get into this from. Who spoke while very briefly before we kind of started the record. And what's what's your kind of journey into this space being like you know. We've you kind of pain. What your caribbean. How did you end up. Not mercedes receipts with five years now. And i saw the connected cars integrating smart home. Ecosystems with with our cars and slowly migrate towards voice. We had a couple of projects team. Must call iot in wearables because we were kind of integrating always iot devices and wearables their cars and when google assistant came what we started working on those in developing applications for them and then we merged all the voice efforts from our company into one big group which is in our spang across all continents. We have a the main effort. Germany voltage to the curtain berlin. We have a team. Here in sunnyvale california in the san francisco bay area and then we have multiple teams in asia with pre alleged even china as well that focuses on the assistant in the china market prior to that die Came from romania from europe. I spend couple of years working in the music festival industry. And i did also spent four years in manchester. Uk to do my bathroom Master's degree which was really cool and got to experience the clubbing scene. Which was kinda on par with with my experience from music festival industry so no no potting. No clubbing anywhere here. It's primarily kite and outdoor activities. You don't get much chance to do that much. Outdoor activities in manchester from his even further north in now. so it's even colder and even wetter. No that's cool muscular. Yeah it's interesting. Where did where did the mercedes journey into. Voice come from then. You said you've been there five years five years ago where things up how how things being started with things. Moving was alexa. This sparked everything like how was things when you first i from the from the voice perspective. You know a lot of people don't know this but voice has been with mercedes for quite some time now actually more than twenty twenty years. I think twenty four to be specific back in the days. Cars used to be the platform to showcase new technologies and innovation from all around the world and In nineteen ninety six at the paris show mercedes fielded car called the f two hundred imagination and it was a concept car. had no steering Just a couple of joy sticks and that was kinda like a huge innovation in had the aromatic suspension and the first voice control system in a car. And that was the first time ever that this was featured in the car And since then we introduced it in our collection cars and it has gradually developed an evolved throughout the years. But i think the big breakthrough came when we launched the latest nba system and two dozen eighteen at c. s. Because for the first time we only have you know voice recognition in the car. So it's kind of when we moved from voice control to voice assistant design. We had you know a connected car we interface with cloud and d assistant capabilities just exploded than we became so much more flexible in what we can do. And what is hey mercedes the nba do and and how do you. How do you pay the difference between using voice control versus voice assistance. We see things that the difference how we define internally is voice control is supposed to be more command based so there's specific commands and you have to learn and they have to remember when you talk to the car you have to like tell specifically those things otherwise that i will not understand you When we think about more of a voice assistant we think about natural language processing and also system that constantly evolves where we can add You know we can extend the language model to now understand more Where this was quite hard to do in the past but now
Amazon Alexa Commands 131
"Hey they're happy. Saturday terry here with your flash briefing and saturday as usual. Let's cover some commands things that you can say to lexi. Let's get right into it today. So here's one that you can say. This is a very practical tip if you want to enable the follow up mode and if you're not sure what that is that basically allows you to ask lexi questions without repeating the wake word within a few seconds after she stopped speaking and you can actually said that in the app or you can simply now say lexi turn on follow mode so it's a it's a pretty good feature The next thing that i will tell you is you can say alexi What is on tv tonight. And she will give you the local listings for tv and a final one that i'll share with you today is You can use lexi find products in your area that you're looking to purchase so let's say for example. You're trying to find somewhere to buy flowers. You can simply say lexi. Where can i buy flowers and she will tell you some of the local places that you can grab them. And i'm sure you can do this with other products as well so there. You go a couple of tips for you today on the saturday and hope you're having a great weekend. I'll talk to you tomorrow. Recast dot fm.
Have You Heard of The Alexa Ghostbot?
"Here's the deal. I'm just gonna read the headline here. That i found on the internet and the headline says lax. Lexi ghost bond could let relatives speak to their dead loved ones by using artificial intelligence to create realistic replies using their old letters social media posts and videos. So what are the first things that come to mind with that. That is fascinating. Basically the story goes on to say that microsoft has applied for a patent that would basically as they put it in the article digitally reincarnate deceased people and would allow living relatives to interact with loved ones from beyond the grave. And why this is relevant to lexi is that it says that the technology could work with smart speakers such as lexi or google nest. So what do you think of that. Previously interviewed james who's This co founder of hereafter. Who is helping to digitally Record stories told by a person who is alive so that those stories can later be called back wants. That person has deceased but this is different. This is talking about creating an avatar if you will of a deceased person based on stuff on the internet about them so will see we'll see what happens with
Custom Voice Assistants on Alexa
"Hey there it is wednesday and here is your flash briefing for today. And i've got some interesting news when it comes to amazon as you may know Lexi has certain wake words. We can't have custom week words. You have to choose between echo lexi or a a computer amazon. I think those are all the maybe missing one there but the point is those are not customers. We'll get this. It was just announced. That amazon is now allowing companies to build their own custom assistance. But leveraging the lexi voice service so you may be familiar with the fact that some companies are producing their own independent proprietary voice assistance so not built on the lexi or example google platform but amazon is now making it easier for companies to do that but leverage the lexi platform and the interesting thing about this is that part of this feature set is that you can have your own unique custom wakeford and the first company to do. This is a fiat chrysler. And they have built their own intelligent assistant. It has a unique voice. it has unique skills It has a unique word. But it's all built on lexi and the interesting thing about this as well. Is that if the custom voice experience that the company builds does not have an answer to a particular question that a person asks then it can default to the normal lexi voice service so a key so a company can actually have a custom voice assistant and on top of amazon's already existing lexi service. Now there are some questions about what happens with the data. If a company is building on top of lexi does the company get the data or does lexi does amazon. Get the data some questions that Probably need to be explored but very interesting development in the voice technology space. Hope you're having a wonderful day and we'll talk again tomorrow. Recast dot fm.
Ron Jaworski: Making the Internet More Audible with Trinity Audio
"Us about how this whole thing came to be in what the big vision is here. 'cause i think we're on the same wavelength with a potential of converting text to speech so a festival. Yes yes to everything shed supervision is is is i have is so dip Basically came going down down the elevator. I was reading an article on my mobile phone. Go into my car and myself. Why can't listen to an article. I just started reading. This is the moment that they said was. If he doesn't it was two thousand seventeen in a homeless doesn't make sense that i don't have like an easy solution Just press play. This is it. i'm listening to and in. This was the eureka moment i said. Okay i need to set forth in and do that and day. I have a history common from from the industry from from a video products in a dealing with media companies in dealing with the users consume plugged in dealing with advertisers in because we also offer a monetization on top of our solution in i. I understood that there is a there is a product. The festival makes sense makes sense for the user because yesterday there might sets that they wanna listen instead of instead of reading instead of watching. I wanna listen. I understand that there is a two thousand seventeen. If for those of us the likes in odors there we started feeling like okay. This is our tom he's coming. It's coming soon. So i didn't understand it. There is in these markets education to be made but definitely media companies publisher called. It will start understanding coming using portents of and they're always looking content. Creators media companies are always looking for a generate in a new engagement with the users in you in user experience in of course if they can add a monetization air in generates Some revenue out of a thumbs up and in the last thing is advertised. Were when i was sure that you know the same that happens from tv. And then youtube started. And then you know in a lot of the budget went from a advertisement to video was shared. The disdain is going to happen. We'd we'd audio from radio two on audio in in different forms due to the fact of all the a additional data and information and targeted that you can use the digital landscape. So by this recent trinity. Because it's the only triangle between the user publisher in the advertiser and of course. I always tell these jobs. It's also funny to have the holy trinity form a couple of juicing in israel a but but but but this is. This is the moment that understood. I actually remember it clearly sitting in my car and saying okay. There is something here i am actually was both i understand. I understood that it make sense for me to make sense to a lot of other people in fact that it serves older check Peelers off the internet. And i remember the first a media conference win i had. It's funny i had like a web page. I think i even of usa today. We'd we'd some sold of an embedded there. This was the first a decided in a wrench for different five. I talked to people from usa today in from wall street journal. And show that okay. This is what i wanna to do and everybody looked at nagasaki. You did the crazy guy in drew. Okay we just wanted to or these but you know cheap phoenix later. -tunities is fact and more and more Media companies called the graders joining on on a daily basis. And and and as i said in the beginning our vision. Basically two or defy the internet's we.