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What is going on?: The Ultimatum S1 - burst 02

Fresh Perspective

01:03 min | Last month

What is going on?: The Ultimatum S1 - burst 02

"Which I think not wanting to move in before your engage is the one time I felt like Alexis said anything semi reasonable, purely because I think it would be so messy to move in with a boyfriend and then we break up, you know? If you've already put a ring on it, it's a lot cleaner. You probably won't be moving out. So I agreed with Alexis on that. Everything else she said, I was like, I might be a misogynist. Women hating women. I don't know what's happening to me. So I was talking to someone about this show and they brought up a really good point about Alexis. That Netflix has the same archetype of person on every season. So like, love is blind like Shana. Yeah. Like they're very similar. Season one had a Shana too who's also an Alexis of love is blind. No, it's just like the same person over and over again. Their goal in having a machine or a Lexus worked a lot better than love is blind since trainers until the very end. Right. But I mean, in Alexa, this case, she was out of there episode two, basically.

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What is going on?: The Ultimatum S1 - burst 02

Fresh Perspective

01:13 min | Last month

What is going on?: The Ultimatum S1 - burst 02

"Yeah, I think it was that she wanted to wait until they were engaged to move in and he was like, I think not on the same page and that one. I think he wanted to live in. Which I think not wanting to move in before your engage is the one time I felt like Alexis said anything semi reasonable, purely because I think it would be so messy to move in with a boyfriend and then we break up, you know? If you've already put a ring on it, it's a lot cleaner. You probably won't be moving out. So I agreed with Alexis on that. Everything else she said, I was like, I might be a misogynist. Women hating women. I don't know what's happening to me. So I was talking to someone about this show and they brought up a really good point about Alexis. That Netflix has the same archetype of person on every season. So like, love is blind like Shana. Yeah. Like they're very similar. Season one had a Shana too who's also an Alexis of love is blind. No, it's just like the same person over and over again. Their goal in having a machine or a Lexus worked a lot better than love is blind since trainers until the very end. Right. But I mean, in Alexa, this case, she was out of there episode two, basically.

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What is going on?: The Ultimatum S1 - burst 02

Fresh Perspective

01:31 min | Last month

What is going on?: The Ultimatum S1 - burst 02

"Oh, and that was another thing with them, that they hadn't moved in together, and he was like offering that or something. She wanted to wait until they were engaged, I think, right? Okay. I don't remember exactly if it was what it was, but there was an issue with them not living together. Yeah, I think it was that she wanted to wait until they were engaged to move in and he was like, I think not on the same page and that one. I think he wanted to live in. Which I think not wanting to move in before your engage is the one time I felt like Alexis said anything semi reasonable, purely because I think it would be so messy to move in with a boyfriend and then we break up, you know? If you've already put a ring on it, it's a lot cleaner. You probably won't be moving out. So I agreed with Alexis on that. Everything else she said, I was like, I might be a misogynist. Women hating women. I don't know what's happening to me. So I was talking to someone about this show and they brought up a really good point about Alexis. That Netflix has the same archetype of person on every season. So like, love is blind like Shana. Yeah. Like they're very similar. Season one had a Shana too who's also an Alexis of love is blind. No, it's just like the same person over and over again. Their goal in having a machine or a Lexus worked a lot better than love is blind since trainers until the very end. Right. But I mean, in Alexa, this case, she was out of there episode two,

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Amazon's voice assistant Alexa to start seeking doctor help

AP News Radio

00:47 sec | 3 months ago

Amazon's voice assistant Alexa to start seeking doctor help

"If you're looking for quick medical advice Amazon's Alexa will soon be able to summon a doctor Hey Alexa can you connect me with the doctor Amazon is working with telemedicine provider Teladoc health launching a voice activated virtual care program to get customers medical help without even having to pick up a phone the service on Amazon's echo is only for non emergencies customers tell Alexa they want to talk to a doctor and that prompts a call back from one of Teladoc visitations retail analysts say that insurers and employers are pushing for telemedicine because of the cost reductions Walmart CVS and Walgreens are also beefing up their retail medical services I'm Jackie Quinn

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How to Watch Figure Skating, Skiing, and Curling Tonight

AP News Radio

00:34 sec | 3 months ago

How to Watch Figure Skating, Skiing, and Curling Tonight

"No metal in Beijing for the American men's curling team the champs from the twenty eighteen Winter Games won't be on the podium after dropping the bronze medal game to Canada eight five in figure skating pairs competition after Friday's short program to U. S. teams qualified for Saturday's free skate starting the day in sixth place we'll be Brandon Frazier and Alexa canal room we stayed in the plant we've trained so hard to injure the whatever's brought to us and I feel like today we did a good job of just staying focused no matter what we felt it

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Internet Of Things (MM #3925)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 5 months ago

Internet Of Things (MM #3925)

"The NASA minute. With Kevin mason. We hear people talk about the Internet of Things all the time, but most people still don't know what it means or what we're talking about. Basically the Internet of Things is what connects our smart devices, if you will, with the Internet in the cloud, usually by a service from Amazon called AWS. You may have heard about AWS recently because a lot of websites were down because AWS was having problems on the West Coast. That also meant some of your Internet services, some of your connected technology was down as well, and that's a problem. Not only for some of the work I do, some of those services that we use web based cloud based services, they were down for a day and a half, but all of my smart devices were down as well. And when you're connected with a garage door, with a front door lock, with smart plugs, with your smart devices, like Alexa, and like Google. And all those things that are connected to it, they're down, you have major problems. The Internet of Things is something that people have been talking about for years, and we're getting closer and closer to having it work. But when it doesn't, you're literally hobbled.

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Internet Of Things (MM #3925)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 5 months ago

Internet Of Things (MM #3925)

"The NASA minute. With Kevin mason. We hear people talk about the Internet of Things all the time, but most people still don't know what it means or what we're talking about. Basically the Internet of Things is what connects our smart devices, if you will, with the Internet in the cloud, usually by a service from Amazon called AWS. You may have heard about AWS recently because a lot of websites were down because AWS was having problems on the West Coast. That also meant some of your Internet services, some of your connected technology was down as well, and that's a problem. Not only for some of the work I do, some of those services that we use web based cloud based services, they were down for a day and a half, but all of my smart devices were down as well. And when you're connected with a garage door, with a front door lock, with smart plugs, with your smart devices, like Alexa, and like Google. And all those things that are connected to it, they're down, you have major problems. The Internet of Things is something that people have been talking about for years, and we're getting closer and closer to having it work. But when it doesn't, you're literally hobbled.

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Alter Ego (MM #3888)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 7 months ago

Alter Ego (MM #3888)

"The mason minute. With Kevin mason yesterday I was talking about avatars. If you've seen the new Fox TV show called alter ego, you get some sense of what avatars are. Now, in this case, it's not your normal business avatar where you walk into McDonald's and it takes your order. It's about somebody becoming somebody else. Somebody who sings in the background and thanks to technology can become something else on the screen. Alter ego is a good look into what AI based avatar technology is about to become. AI powered avatars are about to take over many tasks that most people don't want to do anymore. Most people don't want to handle how easy is it to find a banker, a real estate agent in the middle of the night, getting somebody to help you with just menial things. The menial service industry task that nobody wants to pay for, nobody wants to do if you can have a smartphone or a computer screen, or a jumbotron at a concert, you can see AI happening. Imagine Siri or Alexa or even Google Assistant with a face that can talk back to you and interact with you. It's coming, and alter ego the TV show on Fox is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Alter Ego (MM #3888)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 7 months ago

Alter Ego (MM #3888)

"The mason minute. With Kevin mason yesterday I was talking about avatars. If you've seen the new Fox TV show called alter ego, you get some sense of what avatars are. Now, in this case, it's not your normal business avatar where you walk into McDonald's and it takes your order. It's about somebody becoming somebody else. Somebody who sings in the background and thanks to technology can become something else on the screen. Alter ego is a good look into what AI based avatar technology is about to become. AI powered avatars are about to take over many tasks that most people don't want to do anymore. Most people don't want to handle how easy is it to find a banker, a real estate agent in the middle of the night, getting somebody to help you with just menial things. The menial service industry task that nobody wants to pay for, nobody wants to do if you can have a smartphone or a computer screen, or a jumbotron at a concert, you can see AI happening. Imagine Siri or Alexa or even Google Assistant with a face that can talk back to you and interact with you. It's coming, and alter ego the TV show on Fox is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Please And Thank You (MM #3884)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 7 months ago

Please And Thank You (MM #3884)

"The mason minute. With Kevin mason. I was reading an interesting story the other day about people suggesting we say please and thank you when talking with our personal assistants. You know our Google Assistant are Amazon Alexa because it teaches good manners especially to children. I'll be honest with you, I'd never thought about it. It's a machine. I'm not talking to a human being. There's nothing to be courteous too. It's a machine. It doesn't know any better. I don't use please and thank you. Never even thought of using please and thank you. And it's very interesting to think about, do we need to start doing that? Especially when around kids because manners and courtesy are very important and obviously our world has a problem with that right now. About being courteous about respecting others, I guess Google and Amazon could have suggested we do that. They could have rewarded us for doing that, but they don't. I don't think they ever thought about it either. But it's an interesting thought process. It came out of England first and it's starting to spread across the world. Should we start saying please and thank you to our personal assistants, even though they're just machines, something definitely worth thinking about, because manners are sorely lacking these days

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Please And Thank You (MM #3884)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 7 months ago

Please And Thank You (MM #3884)

"The mason minute. With Kevin mason. I was reading an interesting story the other day about people suggesting we say please and thank you when talking with our personal assistants. You know our Google Assistant are Amazon Alexa because it teaches good manners especially to children. I'll be honest with you, I'd never thought about it. It's a machine. I'm not talking to a human being. There's nothing to be courteous too. It's a machine. It doesn't know any better. I don't use please and thank you. Never even thought of using please and thank you. And it's very interesting to think about, do we need to start doing that? Especially when around kids because manners and courtesy are very important and obviously our world has a problem with that right now. About being courteous about respecting others, I guess Google and Amazon could have suggested we do that. They could have rewarded us for doing that, but they don't. I don't think they ever thought about it either. But it's an interesting thought process. It came out of England first and it's starting to spread across the world. Should we start saying please and thank you to our personal assistants, even though they're just machines, something definitely worth thinking about, because manners are sorely lacking these days

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Speechly Origin - Hannes Heikenheimo Co-founder and CTO at Speechly - Voicebot Podcast Ep 228 - burst 07

The Voicebot Podcast

02:47 min | 8 months ago

Speechly Origin - Hannes Heikenheimo Co-founder and CTO at Speechly - Voicebot Podcast Ep 228 - burst 07

"I had hobie project with a colleague in a a student friend of mine who who was a u u x experts and at that time fitbit was very popular job and it was a big thing so we had our fitbit's and and we were excited about that than we're following our calories or all of that and so then then we had this idea. Wouldn't it be cool. That in addition to the burn calories could somehow really nicely calculate the calories that we consume to be able to get a balance of of input and output and was a functionality in and fitbit to to do a meal diary but it was very cumbersome so so we had this idea that we need to make it easier for us to to follow that and we had this idea of of using voice there so so just like if you have a meal it would just list out the items that you eight and the system would compute the calories and so that was sort of a aside project that then i think was really the origin of of speech. Of course like speech we way of thinking because we had a very specific. You you ex you. I in our minds and so we studied the api's at that time and turned out. There was no api that could do the type of experience that we wanted to achieve and and so so that that was sort of the origin and then of course i was working at apple. So i i. I was in the sort of the The epicenter of voice working on on syria and then there was all these very interesting things happening like alexa came out around that time and also advanced like advances in speech recognition so there was a paper in two thousand sixteen from ibm where they got this. First results of human baratheon transcription accuracy. That all of these things sort of somehow brewed in in in my head. And and and so so that i would say those were the things that that then sort of originated the idea behind speech by but a big portion of it was the hobie project we started out with with my

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Price Fixing (MM #3841)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 8 months ago

Price Fixing (MM #3841)

"The NASA minute. With Kevin mason. I remember years ago when I was living in Virginia Beach, so it would have to be high school college era, a story about some of the Chevrolet dealerships in town, price fixing. So no one dealer was cutting the other dealer's profits. What's interesting to me though is, is I've seen stories about Apple and price fixing and Amazon and Google and price fixing for all their electronic tools. But I never see anything come about because of it. If you want to buy an Amazon Alexa, if you want to buy, even an iPhone, you're basically going to pay the exact same price no matter where you shop, whether it's from the manufacturer, whether it's Walmart, whether it's Best Buy whatever it is. It's all because a price fixing. What I don't understand why they don't get in trouble for it. Got me started on this the other day, I was looking for a new seat cushion. I like the purple seat cushions and they used to have them at bed bath beyond, but they don't have them anymore. They stopped carrying them. When I went online, the only places to find them were Amazon, or purple, and it's all the same exact price. They're making it so the only way you can get it is from the manufacturer themselves. So I guess they can price fix and get away with it.

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Price Fixing (MM #3841)

The Mason Minute

01:00 min | 8 months ago

Price Fixing (MM #3841)

"The NASA minute. With Kevin mason. I remember years ago when I was living in Virginia Beach, so it would have to be high school college era, a story about some of the Chevrolet dealerships in town, price fixing. So no one dealer was cutting the other dealer's profits. What's interesting to me though is, is I've seen stories about Apple and price fixing and Amazon and Google and price fixing for all their electronic tools. But I never see anything come about because of it. If you want to buy an Amazon Alexa, if you want to buy, even an iPhone, you're basically going to pay the exact same price no matter where you shop, whether it's from the manufacturer, whether it's Walmart, whether it's Best Buy whatever it is. It's all because a price fixing. What I don't understand why they don't get in trouble for it. Got me started on this the other day, I was looking for a new seat cushion. I like the purple seat cushions and they used to have them at bed bath beyond, but they don't have them anymore. They stopped carrying them. When I went online, the only places to find them were Amazon, or purple, and it's all the same exact price. They're making it so the only way you can get it is from the manufacturer themselves. So I guess they can price fix and get away with it.

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Fighting for Food Sovereignty in Kenya and Uganda.

Breaking Green Ceilings

01:47 min | 9 months ago

Fighting for Food Sovereignty in Kenya and Uganda.

"Thank you susan. Leonida for being on the breaking green ceilings podcast. Today we want to talk about the implications of free trade agreements. On african women specially from food sovereignty perspective. But i will start with our standard introductory question here on the podcast. Which is what role has nature played in your life and i can start with the anita or interest wondering for that first. The iba the videos descends to nature because he document shower penalties or by the social food at of a economic committee's report i'm raised from finding community and finding for so we actually directed me when we're producing Another thing i'd like to talk for example when you're relaxing use nature of that alexa eastern To league or whatever he thought we offer meaningless. Nfl but so you're connecting with a natural acid and of course that aspects appreciation mitch Your ruin susan lesser very interesting question but just to say that we alive because later is alive and if we look after it looks to us just the same and i think in the last two years we have seen exactly what nature can do when they tell you that you need one hundred million to get about for sitting as a boxy jam when mitch as playing to you realize the narrative changes as what we are we are leaving it and it's accommodating us. I don't know if we're being kind too for that's another story but

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The Alexa Prize Story - Professor Jan Sedivy on Winning the Alexa Prize SocialBot Challenge and 40 Years in Voice Tech - Voicebot Podcast Ep 225 - burst 05

The Voicebot Podcast

04:28 min | 9 months ago

The Alexa Prize Story - Professor Jan Sedivy on Winning the Alexa Prize SocialBot Challenge and 40 Years in Voice Tech - Voicebot Podcast Ep 225 - burst 05

"I start date group and there were many students who got through Applause am giving the who worked with me. Owner fees asuncion Step by step We have been following the progress in the industry and i was You know get inca people who are more and more interested than who are willing to cooperate and in some i would say like plenty fourteen. He decided to do question answering. So he did the Different knowledge database as son view slowly but surely giving questions like typing questions Did voice until Land the very basics of or the students learn the very basic so unhappy like do data extraction duties on the And then sunday in twenty sixteen. All's own came up with this competition and the competition or the main task of the competition was to create a social boat. Which would engaging louis and also entertainingly talking to users so and the target or the goal of those to talk as long as possible to survey difficult to convert into functional end to any a system function so it was something which is a entertainment as well as mathematics and many many different algorithms in it and a deadline We once of the road is meant a muslim put on there but they just resold so we should try and the weaver very pessimistically plus weaver. starting beautiful He can do these universities. We are admiring from here that they have a much better team. Sunday would be those who would lead. But the thought okay. Let's give it a try so we put together a proposal and the we mainly based on our work in the question onset. Inca believe me or not. We made between the top twelfth. Who was elected as these semi-finalists that time and is brought us like two fifty For students and This money this was something fantastic because this monday helped me to keep the key people on board and no students receive money therefore four day fully concentrated on the problems. We were interested in which was the social. We stopped the to put it together. In a very practical by firestone stopped with trying cody allies debts time grew and neural networks and after a few attempts we thought. Okay that is. This does not work. It's very difficult. And we opt for very simple based system and started to grow a simple system and it worked it did something is and people were able to talk to it so we went on indie competition. The uber very surprised that we were doing very out. We saw on the leaderboard by Even two or the competing sites and we've had been we have been leading so we continued. We ended up in the final on the second sports which was unbelievable. Fantastic success v about twice in seattle Received the mind price in In las vegas so unbelievably nobody for a while. I was in las vegas but none of the students was ever in las vegas. Which is again something you cannot note. See anywhere else. Except in las dos.

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Dr. Craig Stanfill Defines Artificial Intelligence

America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast

02:47 min | 9 months ago

Dr. Craig Stanfill Defines Artificial Intelligence

"Welcome day frames to very special discussion here. In america i with the man who knows about things that people discuss. But i think they don't know what they're talking about. It see sexy concept of summits a concept. It is artificial intelligence. He is dr. Craig stanfield the author of a new fictional work. That has i think iran a factual message if not more than one. That's called terms of service subject to change without notice stock stanfield. Welcome to america. I well thank you for having me on. Dr gorka a pleasure to be here. So can i just start with the basics. I'm not a techie guy. This is a science fiction kind of dystopia in future. I am a science fiction. Guy loved science fiction. Philip k dick bladerunner all that stuff star wars you name it. But let's start with the factual state of the art. What is the truth about artificial intelligence. What does it mean and right now. Twenty twenty one where all we in terms of artificial intelligence. What is going on right now. Is that artificial. Intelligence is being used by technology. The start the beginning. What is artificial intelligence for lehman. Can you define the term. What what is it is it is that you know thinking machines. What is that artificial intelligence. A professor of mine in grad school settings whatever the artificial intelligence says and that's always historically had a rather flexible definition in the present day. What mostly means is what i would call data science database artificial intelligence which is an area of research that are acted in the early nineties late eighties and the basic idea is this. You've got a routine decision that needs to be made and the way you get a computer to make it. Is you get a human. To look at a bunch of data and transcribe the data into what you want the to do. And so very powerful machine. Learning algorithms have been developed that will across a wide variety of topics replicate what that person would have done. And so we all know that that alexa and so forth and other services can transcribe voice and very good job of it and the way they did that was. They took a bunch of people speaking. And then somebody would transcribe it at eventually. The ai learns what it what it is that you said the same thing with translation from english to german whatever that some of the automatic translators do and it's all based on a monkey. See monkey

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Smart Bathrooms: Are They a Smart Decision?

Double Tap Canada

02:15 min | 9 months ago

Smart Bathrooms: Are They a Smart Decision?

"You told me the other day the your bathroom. You're what do you call the restroom. Cova i have no my bathroom. Nassar bathroom exists. Yes yes right well in your master bathroom yes you've made it super smalls from my understanding. I may have got a little bit farther than i should have. Legal march japanese toilet I do japanese. It's a it's a canadian made. It's called lovie The toilet as you approach it. The seat will open no way allies. Swear it has remote control as a built-in Function which you heat of the heat of the water that speeds up your little touchy Control the intensity of the headwaters so you get a good cleaning it goes battled for all the crevices and you can also control the The extension and the position. that's the For the meal cleaning. Then there's the female cleaning hop today it's Then there's A fan that pulls out the air so that when you're doing something a little bit more odorous gets rid of that for us. It doesn't really comes with. Does that airlock does it. Yeah it's eco-friendly. When you flush it it does it. Expose water in very nicely. Keeps very little water What else does it have. A heated seat so keeps you nice and toasty nice. Yeah that's nice always good. You can control the heat of the seat as well and of course the water and everything else And that's about all that's all the toilet does. Oh that sounds amazing. Thing hang on more. Did i mention the shower. That is controlled by voice so mohan Which is very famous. Zooming of you know taps a system. Could you by mowing the letter. You and it's a whole shower systems in my shower. All you have got the rain shower thing and the handled telephone handle type thing. And i've got a little keypad like little keypad on there. And that keypad connects via wifi network. And there's an alexa skill for that and I can literally say Start my shower. Preset to whatever i do and it will turn on the right thing. It'll get the temperature and it keeps it at the proper temperature of the entire

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

02:33 min | 1 year ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"Have been in the news recently like Lexus able to facilities like the the grocery markets where you can go in and you can talk to Alexa obviously not here in Canada yet but. Your thoughts on that and the opportunities for six and there, and maybe eventually coming to our country as well. It's a similar RESPONSI- on personal. I'm always excited to see innovations and Amazon that was one of the reasons why I gender company in. As, we continue to listen to what customers are telling us and their interest in desire for for these features will continue to focus on making it available to to. All countries as much as again. Wonderful. Yeah. So one that isn't Kevin it did take a little bit longer to come, but it is is the echo auto. So what has what are your thoughts on that? What has been the Canadian response to that? Yeah. Yeah. Any thoughts on the echo specifically in in the Canadian perspective. Yeah, just the before was actually browsing the reviews that customers type ten really happy with the response to. Crew so far. Out and it's just a testament again to the convenience of this One thing that it's been helpful. In my household is when we diverge kind of limits, the boredom of whether their time car playing games together listen to playlists that everyone is along with We've been happy with the response for Great. That's great Another very Canadian content oriented question. So as you mentioned like Alexa in Canada is designed to be in Canada I want her Davis Bits. Comment that the goal of this is to. Have Alexa not sound like a tourist in Canada and have Alexa sound like a native Canadian and so there is Canadian content in there. If you ask specific questions, the one that always asking about is like I'm a hockey fan the Stanley Cup and so. How does that work like how? This content rates that content. Yeah, any comments on that? References a good one. I think you'll. So the on her mislead, you sound like an ex pat. So. Let's just needs to know about things that matter most to you can in customers and have the personality and knowledge of. As Jesus task. we have affiliated team to teach Alexa about Canada. Thanks to their Harburg. Like sound knows for.

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

05:35 min | 1 year ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"Using disarm the public health agency, Canada, and experience where. People can use to just flow for nineteen whole you just interested in Boyce ask. Do what I do have nineteen, and we'll go through a series of questions. Histories. Also, lugers and somebody sons provide the guidance healthy agency but on just health is also ways of seeing connected We have Via. Callings. To family newer for during the Devices. Also see entertained how people stay. And so You rose. Vices or have a family might simply your question of the day with Sylvan Alexa? One favorites in my household in the beginning of the pandemic was definitely are asking US using a hand washing psalm. Twenty seconds and then my kids would only wash hands With the experience. I. Mentioned beyond. Using the devices. Also hustles routine with hospitals schools as some community organizations around the globe sly devices. Tablets author. Susan need. Nineteen. Very interesting it's I. Think it's great that were able to obtain health information through. Through. These devices because there's just so easy to use as we all know voice technology is just so seemless. So. Wonderful I'm really glad to hear that progress being made there. Okay moving along I'd love to ask you a little bit about the the differences between Alexa, in the US, and in Canada. So maybe an Arrow this is a very. Interesting. Question for a lot of the Canadian users of Alexa. So. You get some some of your comments on the differences between Lexin, the US and and here in. Canada. I think you know what we know is that even though excise incredible incredibly successful in US elsewhere and customers tells us they really loved the experience. We can't simply translate that and bring it to Canada What works there would not make sense in Canada and so the culture being different language being different cuisine national characteristics everything about Canada is unique console needed to be to have it personality is geared towards Canyon customers. resetting simple as something that would not have worked elsewhere is the Alexa loves Canada campaign. That experience was really truly built for customers in Canada. That's great and here's here's the follow up that I know a lot of people are going to want to know, and this may be a little trickier question to answer for you. Just give it. I know your position with Amazon but. I often get asked why don't we have the same features in Canada as they are in the United? States Can you shed a little light on? Role I is we do here like you do from customers that the they really know that experiencing an eager to have access to internationalization of products and features services important to.

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

02:28 min | 1 year ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"And that's really undertake. Connected with outside compromising. Wonderful. Now that's great. It's such a I can only imagine the technical issues that go into creating a multi lingual voice assistant I mean it must be so complex but wonderful. Wonderful. Another sort of hot topic, our topic or our. Topic of conversation. These days is indigenous peoples in Cana an issue with that, and I'm curious like how has Amazon Alexa looked? They looked into incorporating some of those. Issues and topics that are so important in the Canadian culture in our in our society. One recent example I can assure as. The? Candidate campaigns was happening in July and everyday people ask what said you'll candidate in prompted A. Daily reflection. Part of that sin on July are we had an initial about? The holkar treaties own the negotiation and eating. Engineers leaders and we'll circle so eat me trying and make sure that the new marriage are Asks you include This hobby muscle wonderful. That's really good. It's nice to be able to. You mentioned that the campaign the. Campaign again. I was I was following along with that while July. Actually started July first on candidate not mistaken and it was really neat to hear and we had some celebrities like Alanis. Morissette would give some comments on her thoughts of the day and stuff. So it was really neat way to sort of celebrate can and bring that Canadian content. Obviously another big topic these days is covert, go nineteen, and the way it's changing everything the ways changing I'm doing this podcast and trying to bring things to to people in different ways. And I know that? Time here. Alexa has been able to provide some information initially, it was quite limited, but it's has become more broad overtime. What what sort of the stance on Cobra Nineteen and information that you can attain from Alexa these from the Katie perspective. Of almost we wanted to make sure that we can support fasteners. Zero Those are slow unsolicited times and. Use. Credible sources that..

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

04:18 min | 1 year ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"Ones like routine and both English and French, and and play games I'm. Someone, who likes cooking in so that's a big one for me. We've also revamped our our radio skills, which is one of the most popular requests to make it easy for customers to region will have favorites. But you know if you look more, our recently also something that you're that's near and dear to my heart is that we launched our French in about a year and a half ago and also last Fall Alexa became multilingual in Canada's with launch of the mercury load. As featureless customers switch between English and French when he talked to Alexa, I actually happen to live in a bilingual hassle while able to ask some of my favorite artists in French in my kids will ask for a spelling in. English in just. People. You know use. Their devices without compromising on their native language in shutting his grades and then. Beyond the devices language the language is. One thing I briefly mentioning just before the Alex looks candidate campaign which ended in July really local as experience for candidate and Snake. where traduced uses that helped Kenyans reflects and sober Canada with you know some of their favorite celebrities. The ovation was an opportunity to to the legacy entertained uncorrected. During those times. Yeah. A lot of the things that you mentioned I know what times before they came to Canada Canadians or like. Oh. When wins the recipes you know when all those GonNa come to Alexa. Winter. Winds. Apple. Music and all that stuff gonNA come. So it has come it's great. What has been the response from Canadians generally speaking to. In Canada. We love hearing how customers are using Alexa and at saved by far. We continue to see music thing one of the top use cases. Use it listeners streamed an average of twenty hours of music. This year but. If you look anecdotes and last year customers in Canada have asked. Alexa. Masao. Times in you gives you didn't know all the. Songs she routes and be boxy has dozens of original stories to tell you. I think another interesting parts of. A few just how people have been using skills and that is. US, which is operatives. year-over-year as some of the most public categories in Canada include Games Trivia, our news radio. So the and a lot of those really don't surprise me because that's what I hear about from from the community is using using it to listen to music and so on. So that is really really really great. You mentioned the bilingual issue what have been some of the opportunities about having a bilingual voice assistant in Canada and perhaps some of the the challenges as well. We really wanted to build a truly authentic experience four finishing even customers and that included the. Voice. Skills as on there's really a lot of. Almaz. That grew into extending Canada an ugly. Reactions and features. Thank me. Keep in mind is. Just take translates experience exists in less. In UK, France and bringing it Takara just wouldn't make sense to go to a different language difference favorites, foods difference everything about Canada's unique. We would be able to say you know made for candidate an awesome. The mortaring will MOS is. Really Align customers not to compromise if you ask for the winner in English will reply English or someone in your household space financial centers on the fringe..

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

04:05 min | 1 year ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"Of the border. Let's talk voice. Hello and welcome. I'm Terry Fisher and this is a new event for us because this is a live podcast and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to bring this to you and bring on a guest to talk about all Alexa all. Canada. Is going to be a lot of fun. So what I wanted to do is I want to introduce you to Selene Lee, who is the country manager with Amazon Alexa Canada. If you haven't muted your Alexa devices, you might, WanNa. Do that. It's great to hear Selene. Thank you so much for for being part of this. We're having Terry. So, why don't we? Obviously we're GONNA talk a lot about Alexa and some of the differences between Canada and the US and all this sort of stuff. I know that has been really excited to have somebody that can represent Amazon Alexa and speak to some of the things specifically for cadence. So we'll get into all of that before we get to all of that though I was wondering if I could get you to introduce yourself a little bit to the listeners to the viewers desolate about your background, how you got into all this stuff. Yes Sir I I studied down Michael January and started materializing robotic as research engineer. So I was really into technology and I was. Learning a lot about all of that spread after a few years I decided that I wanted to be closer to the customer in transition to product management's, and so at moved to the US got my MBA. At the School of business at Carnegie Mellon University and having opportunity to do an injury ship with Amazon, and that's Lily her how I transitioned into working more customer facing type. Official features. And most recently I've. been very grateful to be the country manager of Alex and Canada joined this role seen media agreed professional virginity and I think the best part for me is that I get to work on endure directly plans products that make life customers easier, and it's only the role gives me the ability to. Bring people together that have different backgrounds different expertise to create something better. My team's mission is really to work on building these products and services that have a delightful experience that's relevant to customers Canada, and from everything from particle emissions..

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

02:03 min | 1 year ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"Questions. Once you've done that, it'll take you through how you add custom. Things to the database of information that you want Lexi to be able to share with you. And it really self explanatory when you look at the APP when you look online if you do it online. You'll see that it is it really is a template you filling in the blanks you're following along, and that tells you exactly how to launch it on your own device and you are good to go so. Big Breath there lots and lots of information really fun things. I'll tell you the Canadians. That's a great start when you look at the templates or the blueprints that are in the United States that actually have more that are available in the United States compared to Canada. Again, that's nothing new for us to hear but hopefully, they will start coming very very soon. I will have a link to the blueprints on the show notes page, which you can always access at lax eight in Canada dot ca slash one, thirty six or you can always go to lax a in Canada dot se slash podcast to see all the previous podcasts. Thanks for tuning in again, I, want to remind you if you WANNA come and hang out with us in the voice. Then then the voice is happening tomorrow at Wednesday, it's going to be a lot of fun. The feedback has been tremendous it. I'm always struggling to find the best way to describe it because it is not like your typical Westerner on late event. It is more like we are sitting in a bar or a restaurant all sitting around a table have fun chatting with each other about voice technology and getting your questions answered, and you get to be part of the show. So I sincerely hope that you will join us there. And I'll see you again Wednesday. August twenty. Five..

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

05:38 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"But then down here there's invocation trays, so in this case we're talking about. How do you? How do you invoke a flash briefing? You see if I can find another skill. a crack the code skill, so here's crack the code. You'll see that the name of the skill is here. Crack the code. But here different things that you can say so actually put you actually helping technically, but here it's as Alexa Open crack. The Code hoops a here. But that's because I. need the invocation phrase purposely. Now, Lexus invoking at welcome back to crack Alexa stop. So. What I wanted to say is that cracked? The code is the name of the skill and cracked the code I've also set that up specifically to be the invocation phrase, so that is what you say when you want to open it now. Those are not always the same. Sometimes they're different, and so if you have a name that is different than you, invocation phrase than whatever the name is. That's not what the person has to say. Invoke they have to. They have to say whatever the This. This person has to say what. The invocation phrase is to open skill. So I hope that makes sense. That's that's the way it works. For sure I mean this is this is the way it is right now and. You know this is why also advise people that? When they are creating skills, they should be. Making sure that their descriptions and their keywords and their titles are optimized for for surgeons, search, engine, optimization Seo, right, and again if I go back, let me go back to. Voice in Canada. I'll share this one more time. I JUST WANNA. Show you the kind of effort that I went through when I created. My description because the description helps right when you are. When you are! Creating your skill, you want to think of ways that people are searching for things and include that in your description so that when people search for things. Then you're you're you're? There's that much more chances they're gonNA, find you, so you'll notice that if you were to read through this..

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

02:05 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"You're listening to episode. One twenty, nine of Alexa in Canada the voice experience..

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

06:44 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"That's that's good. That's my sonic branding. By the way. That's what you need meeting every time you start. That's what you gotTa do and you just and I said this I think during one of our videos that we done a little while ago like I hope the audiences recognizing what they what they experience when they see you do that because that's not possible. It wasn't possible until guys did that. We're we're the only software in the world that you can livestream to Amazon's lexi device in real time. As far as I know for enterprise for businesses or for consumers there is no prog debate in addition. I think we're the only product that can livestream to you to with audio and we can put an image or a Gif image over it if you want and we do that in real time and there's maybe youtube APP maybe there's a non video auction I don't know but that's just inside Youtube. This does both saying but were adding all either social sites the voice devices. Pretty soon. You'll really be everywhere. You match what this is like for like a members of Congress. Okay so four hundred thirty five congressmen congresswoman hard senators. The presidency is up and so there's a lot of people fighting to be hurt and there's a lot of people fighting for the right information it the reality is everybody would prefer to just hear their candidate of choice. Whether that be trump or biden or this new Libertarian Guy. Right for for many people that are Internet's folks that are tuned into things like this. Maybe it was Tulsi Gabbard Andrew Yang or in the past Ron Pie. You got your person. You're Bernie Sanders right. You've got your person and you WanNa hear them. You don't WanNa read your tweets. You don't WANNA watch their super post produce. Videos are really probably done. Three months ago would just new soundbites here. Your person talking through the. Let's see the vice or through Siri and you could just say just open Andrew Yang and you just hear his nonstop twenty four seven stuff. This last live podcast and then he can erupted scheduled every knows he goes live at ten. Thirty am civic or would it or just fontaine us. That's like a real powerful case us for what we've created especially for this upcoming election and so you think about the problem that we have with communications fake news. This fake news that deep platform this person did platform that person. Who makes the rules? Is this Nin Right-leaning. Left like an for us at attention live. We plan to approach our community completely different and so one thing. I don't talk a lot about in the voice circles nor will I talk a lot about it right now. Is Our ability to decentralized lot of what we do so like our community will be decentralized Atanas community and so that means that attention live won't be the one that controls every single thing that happens in the community. We will decentralized power structure of that community of the and the consumers and the promoters Kaz always at third element. They create a lot less lot but he went out the story right. And we're going to decentralize community you see that was steam it You see that you know a other developments of people putting platforms together in basically putting the power back in the hand of Greater. Terry you and I have a viral video on facebook or youtube or anywhere and we get a ten million views and facebook sells lots of advertising against it and they sell lots of data because of it we benefit note. Nothing there's no benefit nor are we actually connected to our audience. Facebook stands in the way no disrespect to facebook and other platforms just the reality of a centralized technology up. Everything goes through them. And so if we can decentralise at least the community structure now we open up the bridges a creator and a consumer. Don't have to go through atrial. They don't have to go through a facebook or youtube or don't have all these walls Rating those that actually are the artist creators the teachers and those that are the consumers in the learners and the thankful ones for the creation right and so came decentralizing. The fragment open these things up in the state of audio and so that's also a big part of what drives me. It's not just voice interface. Because I believe in the centralized future with voice I Not Touch I right. I think touching screens and looking at screens is ultimately slow and dumb output. Be Honest and if you can speak and be heard and never look look sphere and touch it. I think the output will be faster and smarter and so that's huge for me but also I'm concerned about government corruption corporate corruption and. I think that a huge way to deal with that and even our corporation the ability for to deal within hold US accounts. What have we decentralized things like? Know WE START DECENTRALIZING. The content through tokens and giving the token ownership power back to the creator. So now Terry when you create your eight hundred flash briefings rose to our system. You have tokens own. This content can lease license trade celant right and it can have value. We've talked a lot about that you know. Obviously there's a lot going into what we're trying to help. What coming back to the beginning for the future. Yeah that attention because we haven't spoken a lot about that and recognizes the Alexa Cana. Podcast but but I I. I think part is so fascinating. I want US feel more question about that. So what you've just described the system where people excuse me where people can create their content stream. It live told these forms but now they can also have ownership proven ownership of their content. That they are producing and that in itself has value. Is that a fair statement that I made there. Can you expand that a little bit? There's absolutely so we have ledgers. Okay I was in the House of Lords. Let's make it real practical and very understandable. Why in the world is some voice technology? Silicon Valley Tech Guy? Why did he talk so many things right? Because hey here's a Traders and consumers may solve the problem and for both of them with live streaming. Now like okay so let me explain is very very niece. I mean house awards Walking with my friend ordway every causing wave which I think a little Lord random..

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

14:02 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"I am speaking withdrew cost grow. He has produced many many Lexi skills specifically games and in fact he actually has twenty six of these live in Canada. He has more when you look at them. Spread out throughout the world and You know why he has more and other places is actually part of the topic of this discussion so we talk about two of his top games. Which actually in the top ten in Canada and we talk about some of his thoughts on being developers some of the challenges and where he plans to go with all this in the future so I really excited to introduce you to drew and with any further ado. Let's get right to the interview hated drew. It's a real pleasure to have you on the Alexina podcast. Thanks so much for being here. Thank you Terry. It's thrilling to the poor cost. I've listened to the show for years now so it's really good to be here to speak to person that's great. That's great well. You are not in Canada but we are going to be speaking about Canadian content. Where are you right now? So the listeners. Know where you're calling from Edinburgh in Scotland to the mall. So that's that's I'm based under. Yes so I've got quite a few games successful and kind of divine and Edinburgh. Okay wonderful. Well let's let's get a little of your background your story so I'll get you introduce yourself to to. Listeners tells a little bit about yourself okay. So I've been involved in. It in comparison for many years But why was finding was I was losing my technical skills? Is it become more and more senior? You become more and more away from the technical things which are quite interesting so I decided to re skill myself and this culminated in. How could I prove identity expresses when the device came out in the UK? I decided well I am going to build an Alexa skill. And so I built like go on scully. Animal letters which was a game that my Sister played with our kids and impressed me about the game was the seemed to even with teenagers. Who still played this game so the game is basically you pick a letter of the alphabet and then you go round in a circle. Each person guess an animal starting with letter so I can meet Linton Alexa skill because Alexa could be be that person so you Alexa contagious. You take a Alexa take suggest you took yes and so. That was a way of writing a computer program that could make use of those capabilities and and and obviously these schools. We're talking about. Today are in Canada so for the Canadian listeners. For certain can check them out in their actually quite high they rank skills and we'll get into that as well. I'd like to take back to learn a little bit more about your back. So what kind of work did you do like were with the company? Did you have an independent type of business or what? What were you doing? I was with comedy so I spent a long time working for a mobile phone company called to in the UK of anti worked for a consultancy it consultancy. So okay. Okay you know what I spend like ten trials with Saddam Law London Quello Gotcha Gotcha. I'm actually fulltime on development. That's why do nice if the past two years. That's I one hundred percent of my time is spent spent doing this. Okay and so. This is something that you're doing independently or as part of a group you depend on the everything's done by the skills by me. Everything's don't buy me fantastic okay. So as I alluded to. You've got a couple of top rank games in Canada. Wonder what you've mentioned and the other. Let's dive into a little more. So animal letters is one of them and tell us about your other skill. That's that's one of the top top ten here and it's popular in. Canada is a game called. Feel the pressure which is a quiz. Actually the first time I heard of you. Podcast was because huge feature to feel the pressure on the costs to very this and to my surprise game was very successful in Canada. Really thrilled so feel the pressure. When I finished well animal lettuce has never really finished right. It's just constant. Improvement is change after change after change. So you you are the Merano's yards and defects you allow more functionality and it just never stops the recently in the past months. I've made another change to not game is coming up for three years old now. I yeah so yeah. Your changes never stop. I did lots of varieties of letters games and then I decided to do this. Quiz and the quizzes at the time were Multiple choice quizzes. Choose A. B. C. OR D. Churn I just wanted idea of free form question because I thought it was quite much code. You just see an answer of the Balloon Alexia dancer it thus loss of technical issues for which came quite tricky. Boy It's still quite willing to do so. Feel the pressure has some constraints and the the answer to the question is always a letter so it will tell you. The letter of the alphabet is F. And then was your question and answer. We'LL BE SPOKANE WILL START WITH. F FOR EXAMPLE. You know and again. It's the same with our game. You just improve the new sections to it score. As well as those types of questions there are crashes but who am I so it will give you a description of a person you have to guess who is it will give you who they'll be a A Christians who who said this and sometimes I actually helped the actual speech itself so the speeches given by famous person. O of tried to make much of the audience possible so is he developed an. Is You build more of these games. You get better at doing things you get better compensated for the speech recognition issues. You get better art in Audio Interior Games because audio just mix same defect bring the games to life. They really transform. The game totally agree with that. In fact in fact I was playing it this morning knowing that we were doing this interview and I love the sound effects editor in there. I haven't come across at question yet. That had the actual audio or the quote. But that's a great idea. I love to get more and more in digital. Those are quite difficult because you have to find the ones that don't have any rights on their public demand and also the famous enough because the game was played in America in did in the UK and whatever still has to be something is generally you cover. Most people most people could reasonably nor the answer to this twelve. So it's really. I think the best I can describe a game and tell me if you agree with. This is sort of a twist on a trivia type game in the way that you're out you're giving them sort of a clue with the letter of the alphabet the answer starts with and like you said like you described the various types of questions that are asked to give a free forum answer onto the other thing they feel the pressure is the voice in the UK for Alexis different from the voice in Canada. Sit on the knock sense and the voice in the UK. I thought same that a lot like called on Robinson who you may have heard of she was the quits master for a game a TV show called the weakest link. Okay was successful car or not. But but she'd quests they're Voice and she is quite route to the players as well. She was a little bit route. You know I so I wanted this game a little bit snarky as makes snarky comments and is. That's not a power of this game. No has pros and cons. Some people like that part of it and some people really don't like that so About similar feature wish I'd brought in Leotard which unfortunately isn't available incontinent woman but there is a perfectly polite more which you can have which gets rid of old and mix a nice game but unfortunately conjugates only available in the US. And you could. It's interesting because I personally. I kind of like the idea of giving it a little bit of a persona and it's not just like generic Alexa rate. I personally like that but I could see some people. That just might not prefer. Yeah that type of type of interaction but that's great so so they said these are. These are two of the top ranked games in Kansas. Having two of the top ten as far as an independent developer goes so. That's really stretch. Elation good to learn a little more about developing skills for Lexi and some of your thoughts and maybe some of the challenges and how particularly that relates to also the Canadian market versus other markets. So it's quite a broad question. But how are you finding developing skills? What are some of the challenges and that sort of thing still? The first challenge was one that I didn't realize when I started. It was a challenge and not speech recognition so Alexis speech recognition is so much better than the stuff we hide in the nineties and early two thousand straight. But it's but it's not perfect. It's not perfect on it works. It's fantastic when it works as module when it works with it doesn't work is terrible if you have to pee yourself and it doesn't understand you. That's really frustration. Yeah and if you repeat yourself again and it still doesn't understand or thinks she said something else. Let's incredibly frustrating so most of my games are rely heavily on speech recognition. So we're not goes wrong. The entire experience of the game is really badly affected. People take it personally. People very personally actually margin speaking to someone and they have repeatedly didn't hear what you said. It would start to get quite personal. Still Dot bus fare. Chickasaw a huge amount of effort on my part goes into trying to compensate that ain't speech recognition issues so huge amounts tasting so taste to make sure that the speech recognition earned the shootings the live run of the game. I actually capture. What the midst answers where so if someone said the wrong answer actually capture? Because sometimes they didn't say the wrong answer just Alexa Misheard. What they said. And sometimes when you look at those missed answer as you can see clearly the Alexa has just missed. No so for example. One of the biggest ones was indeed the. Us It's answer was jog. Your us the big cart or car. Jugular it'd be picked up his job wire Josh wire so that that's a very simple example lords of examples like that and the only way you can count your issue. You store them in a database after database apprenticed spreadsheet and to subsidize sorted by the council. Which ones happened. The most? Go through one-step team and if you can correct that's fine. I've got pushed. This goes on all the time because the speech recognition capabilities sort of change. So I'm gonNA oversee tune improvements more people using the devices so different types of miss. Here's where Alexa doesn't hear correctly. Heartening and sometimes they were. Oh what the people have said and sometimes work so again kudos compensations. And and how do you correct it and so for example of Jaguar? Do you then go back and enter that sort of utterance as an option for the Animal. Or would you do so? Why do is very simple? There's a something in computing called an statement so all it says is if the answer is jog you are on. The person said jog wire then make what they said. Jog Yours just change it so I basically except on which you can imagine in. My programs are just lanes and lanes lanes of sort of transformation. Where you're changing the answer because you know that the dead say the correct on so but it hasn't been picked up correctly. I see very interesting. Okay does very tedious for. It's actually mix the games work if you don't do that and the Games will be really bad so unfortunately most people have when they experienced might not have a good experience of one review recently. That said that she had the best speech recognition expedience on this game than any other. So that made me feel really good effort. You know as I say most people if they bought experience and that can be very personal on. They really don't like sure. Sure if on top of the game is reached to them as well which is obviously they really don't like it. You can't please everybody as far as that goes but But no I understand what you're saying. That's great wh what other things have you noticed in terms of I know that You know one of the things about developers is trying to make some money. That's what they're doing. What are the issues with that and yes one of the things that went to Canadian users is the developers basically of two ways of Nikki? So they can be awarded by Amazon. Which is a symbol reward? Developers of well used scales. Not Steer Program called the electoral awards program but the alleged awards program isn't available for skills in Canada. So if you have the number one school in Canada you won't get any rewards for. It's only available in Sefton countries. A fact is available in most countries to be honest so really should be relevant. But it's not all the one is really interesting. It's something called in school purchases. So that's where the I can buy usually through small fee so Mike Games. It's usually linked to nine.

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

02:03 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"You're listening to episode one twenty six of Alexa in Canada. The voice experience. Hey there I'm Dr Terry Fisher. One part physician. One part voiced newscast when big part Canadian and one small part of our community northern voice together. Let's explore how Boyce technology is transforming our lives north of the border. Let's talk voice. Hello and welcome to election candidate episode one twenty-six today. I have a fantastic guest. Drew cost growth all the way from Scotland talking about these tremendous success that he's had in producing games skills for Lexi Here in Canada before we get to that I do want to just tell you a little bit about an upcoming event actually to events in fact one of them is a group chat. We had the first one last Wednesday morning and we had a couple of people on it was great and we decided that we're going to do it again so you just go to A. L. A. In Canada DOT CA slash chat. And you'll be able to join us on Wednesday morning if you're listening to this day the podcast comes out then that'll be tomorrow At eight o'clock. Am Pacific Standard. Time or eleven eastern. So that's the first Event the second one is the following Wednesday may twentieth is a big day. Because I'm watching a brand new event. The voice den and this is all about bringing the community together having a chance to chat with some of the leading personalities and influencers in the voice space And so if you want to check that out it's going to be a lot of fun. It's very different than any other type of online experience you know. It's not like a typical web and over their lectures or anything like that. It's all about having fun. And having some real connections real discussion with these people so you can check out the voice dot com now. Let's Today's podcast episode..

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

02:05 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"You're listening to episode one twenty five of Alexa in Canada. The voice experience. Hey there I'm Dr Terry Fisher. One part physician. One part voiced newscast when big part Canadian and one small part of our community northern voice together. Let's explore how choice technology is transforming our lives north of the border. Let's talk voice. Hello there and welcome to the podcast. Hope you're having a great week Terry Fisher here and today This podcast is all about some of my favorite skills that you can use at home particularly while we are all kind of cooped up at the moment with the social distancing or or physical distancing that we are all trying our best to do before we get to that I do WanNa tell you about today's sponsor and this is a company known as vocal. Here's here's what they do. Imagine this you got voice. Assistance in kiosks wearables smart speakers the whole bit. There will actually soon be more things that talked to people in the world. Then we actually have people in the world thing about that friend that's crazy. And here's here's the deal. If you are a brand if you are a company and you want to differentiate yourself from others than it's really important to have a voice that sounds different than all the other generic voices that are going to be out there and that's where vocal. Id comes in. They are a voice. Ai Solutions Company. They create custom vocal personas for individuals and for brands. And they use breakthrough technology that leverages decades of research and the power of modern day machine learning to generate these unique vocal identities from just a few hours of audio and they are custom built in days the power of twenty four seven text audio conversion without compromising brand consistency. And it's possible. Vocal idea so please check them out vocal. Id Dot all right. So let's get to today's podcast again..

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

12:17 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"Was titled The voice to Voice Design with obeyed amid of bought mark and obey obeyed came on. He is an entrepreneur. He's mentors technologist and He has been involved in a lot of early stage startups and he came on on to talk about this really cool platform that is created bought mock and allows people to publish skills to Alexa but also to other platforms and bought. Mock is designed find to create these conversations between a user and Alexa in a simple drag and drop type editor. So you don't need to really know no how to code to do it. which is pretty pretty cool it allows these developers to share these prototypes and get feedback? All in one centralized I location. So it's basically a wire framing tool and it's helping companies brands individuals and designers build these better experiences through this platform and they can then actually push these out to ten different platforms. Not Just Alexa. So that is pretty pretty cool so if you want to check that out then of course do so. He's got a really cool a use case that he talks about about how they use this device with acadian blood services to To create some I'm conversational design Experiences so check it out. That would be alien candidate dot ca slash seventy three okay. The next one number nine was a podcast with a whole bunch of people. It was a very popular podcast. This is it was titled the Two Thousand and Nineteen Alexa Conference Roundup and episode Sixty Two A. L. E. X. in Canada dot ca slash sixty. Two and what I did was when I was at the Alexa. LEXA conference back in January of two thousand nineteen I approach a number of key influencers a number of key leaders in the voice space and ask them each for a little bit of a sound soundbite and then I put them all together sort of a mash up and you get to hear from some of the Like I say some of the real leaders in this space in fact there are about twelve of them on this one podcast. So it's a really nice way to get a taste of what number of these people are thinking so. Check that one out. I think you'll enjoy that one very much number. Eight is a podcast that I recorded how to set up Alexa in Canada in two thousand nineteen and this is number over seventy eight and this one was very interesting because as you'll hear later on there was another podcast that did that was about setting up Alexa as well. Now no because so much has changed from Amazon in terms of feature releases and different Things you can do with Lexi or Alexa. I decided to record this particular one as an update to my original. which we'll talk about in a little bit so if you're looking at the latest if you WanNa see and hear about the latest way to set up a Alexa with all the most current features then this would be the episode for you to have a listen to and again this one is episode number seventy the eight now the next episode on the list? The seventh most popular episode for Twenty Nineteen was an interview that I did with our if mody and he is in grade five and this was a really fun to me His Dad was on there for a little bit as well and I talked to him and our of is making skills. He's making lexi skills. He is creating educational videos. He is all in on Amazon Amazon Alexa. And he's in grade five and it was so much fun to chat with him. He's such a break bright young man and it was a real pleasure to have him on the podcast. For those of you that are going to be at project voice in the New Year in Chattanooga in In January are if it's actually going to be giving one of the talks there and I'm really really excited to hear him him. Speak there as well. So if you WanNa hear a really interesting fun and very intelligent and well-spoken man then you want to check out this episode. This episode was number seventy five so you can go to candidate C. Slash seventy five. Okay the six. We're getting to number six now. The six most popular episode episode was with Brian. Romley and for those. That don't know Brian. Romley is one of those visionary type people that don't come along very often he. He has been termed the oracle a voice. He's the one that actually came up with the term voice i. He has often been described as the modern day. Thomas Edison and Brian has been gracious enough to come to my podcast. A number of times and this podcast episode titled the Last Interface With Brian. Romley talks about or is all about Brian's ideas of where we're going with voice technology and how he feels. That voice is the primary input input and output device of the human being. He talks about his vision of the future. It literally sends chills down my spine when I think about his ideas. So this is is an episode that you certainly do not want to miss. You can check this one out. This one is episode sixty six say in candidate dot ca slash. Sixty six all right into the The the top five now number five was the most popular the number fifth most popular episode. And this surprised me. Actually but this is what this is. What you say was number three? My third podcasts that I ever produced and it was titled how does Alexa Alexa Work. And this is very fascinating to me because obviously this is a very common question. People are wondering. How does the technology algae actually work and so in this particular episode? I go through some of the basic terms of what is the difference between Alexa an echo. What does the skill? What are the different components? There's there's a there's a microphone is a speaker. There's a computer their lights on echo device and what happens when you speak to To Alexa and so this was the number five episode for two thousand and Nineteen. And so if you want to hear that one you simply go to alias candidate dot ca slash three okay the next one and then the number four spot is held by the podcast number sixty one and this was a podcast that I recorded about about how to create an Amazon Alexa. Flash briefing as you know. I have the foster briefing voice in Canada. Actually have another Flash briefing called voice as I health health tips. And I am all in on flash briefings and I have spoken about that a lot over the last year and so I did an episode. That would basically walk you through how to get started with creating a flash briefing now yes of course I encourage you to check that one out. The episode is number sixty one as I mentioned. However if you really are interested listed in creating your own flash briefing? This is what I talked about. Right off the The opening here of this podcast is. I've created a complete course. It's the most comprehensive course out there and it is entirely early free. It's my gift to you. You simply go to Flash BRIEFING FORMULA DOT COM and you can check that out all right and now we're into the top three. The number. Three spot is episode number sixty and this one was titled Two Thousand and Nineteen Top ten Alexa skills in twenty nineteen. And so what I did there was. I went through the Amazon skill marketplace the Amazon skill store and I looked at what were the top skills in Canada. At that time this was just done a few weeks ago because I was curious what was at the top of the leaderboard so to speak at or are heading into towards the end of two thousand nineteen in into twenty twenty and so this podcast is all about those top ten skills. I did not include the ambient sound skills in that episode because is really there are so many ambient sounds. Don't get me wrong. They are really really good skills but if I included that the top ten list would have basically been ten abby sound skills so I included other skills sales and you can check those out and I said these are all available in Canada number. Two the number two spot belongs to you amy stapleton. Amy is another one of those thought leaders. She is incredible with what she has done and actually in her background as well. She's a very unique person and we talked about interactive storytelling And that in the context of her company tables and in particular her skill called my box of chocolates and it's a very unique concept. And what she does is she allows you to talk to Alexa and ask her about boxes of chocolates where the different chocolates in the box represent different stories and the different storytellers have different personas. And it's very very fascinating. What she put together? And so if you want to hear from a very creative person in the voice space a very intelligent person and something somebody who's doing something very unique unique then definitely check this one out Amy Stapleton and interactive storytelling. This is number sixty five and finally the number one spot the most popular popular podcast episode four Twenty Nineteen Goes Way back to the fourth episode that I ever recorded and this one is titled handled how to set up Alexa in Canada. And this was the very first one that I did that. Would specifically address that question. Now as I mentioned I I did do an updated one for nineteen and that was episode number Seventy Eight But if you want to go back and hear the original one that was number four and it is quite fascinating to me. The Bat was the most. Listen to podcast of my podcast series in all twenty nineteen and in fact it was way ahead ahead of anything else so. I'm very pleased to know that my podcasts are being used as a resource by you the community and and I'm very honored to be able all to provide that service for you. What I wanNA tell you is that I've taken the podcast and I've taken the updated podcast from two thousand nine hundred and what I've done it is I've actually created a separate Quite a big blog post that goes through how to set up Alexa and all the key features and what I tend to do with that is is i. Try My very best to keep that as updated as possible so whenever a new feature comes out I add that to this guy the guy the ultimate guide to set it up Amazon Alexa and cannon. That's actually what I call that. You can access that particular post at A. L. E. X. in Canada dot ca slash setup Owen word and. That'll take you to the most recent most current Blog post on how to set up Alexa in Canada. Okay so there you go so On this Christmas Eve. I hope that you are in joying your family time enjoying your time with your friends and I want to again. Thank you so much for being a part of this community. Thank you so much for tuning into the podcast this year in prior years. If you've been with us for that long and I look forward to bringing you some great great podcasts. Coming up in the New Year. There's some great surprises coming up as well as I mentioned I have a contest. Starting from project voice it will be starting on either January fourteenth or fifteenth. Please stay tuned for that exact date you can subscribe to the voice in Canada flash briefing. And I'll be speaking about it there as well and I love for you to have the opportunity to win some prizes and have some fun with the flash briefing and trying to crack the code so to speak for more information on that you can go to alien candidate dot ca.

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"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

16:49 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"If something's messed up you know there's a skill in there where it's not being updated That's probably unavoidable. But we tried But secondarily early from the quality is the Brett so we couldn't include a gazillion kids skills Even if they were all really high quality quality We had to branch out and really cover a lot of ground with these one hundred and seventy five skills plus twenty five Alexa built in functions. What it is? I saw the twenty-five built in functions left even less real estate for the skills and So it was tough But we did the best. We could and You know I called out a couple I'd love to hear you know Catherine stocks on some of the ones that she thought was interesting that were on the list. And but that's how we did it great. That makes a lot of sense. Yeah Catherine so what. Were some of your Favorites in and And your experience with the going through these looking at them. Yes Oh Bradley. A you mentioned Some of the kids skills. I thought you did a fantastic job of selecting at least most of my favorite kid skills as suggested do a few of them that you included on the list that I would encourage anyone listening to this podcast to check out with that. You know your kids kids or grandkids are friends. Kids I love kids court. Pretzel Labs. Let's Alexa resolve disputes. And for kids kids and it's so well done it's it's so fun in Cute I've written about it invoice as well Of course Chompers I when I was testing it out to write about it for voice brew. I liked it so much that there was about a week when I was brushing. My teeth with Chompers as well and then you know definitely choose your own. Adventure is fantastic. It's very high quality. You know the abominable snowman. Interactive story is really one of my favorite Alexa skills out there. You know you get to you get get two different decision points in the story. You get to choose what the character does. And it's really fun really well done and you can go back and try try making different decisions and see what happens fantastic. Yeah those are great and and I- familiar with those as well. I love kids record as well Great great great choice. I want a warping one more thing on there before. Release the if I was going to include a third thing saying that was sort of a third criterion for us I I wanted to include some skills that have been off the reservation. So Oh there's some sort of well established lists of great skills like there's a Tom's guide thirty thirty best Alexa Skills Dell's publication. It's on the Web and they've updated that and they've kept going. There's your voice brew has done. Some list of skills uncalled out. Different lists a different curated list of skills at different points. There's Vincent lists that had been floating around and it was important for us As sort sort of an Exclamation mark on the book to include some that that that are good. But that nobody's ever heard of. I actually viewed that as an important important. Barometer of success of the book is our ability to find and source skills that hadn't been really we seen or talked about much But yet are just as good and valid as some of these other ones There's one called Daddy Saturday which I really. They like I think it's a great example of how Alexis Guilt can complement a published book. And the whole deal with that. Is that this guy who will be speaking about this at the project voice. I might add He created a book called Daddy Saturday. which is there his family's term for Saturday where they spent Saturday with daddy because he's gone all the time and so they come up with different things to do on Daddy Saturday? And it's this whole brainstorming exercise and and the book talks about the whole journey but the skill has sort of this generation of ideas and this brainstorming of different things that families can do for their daddy Saturday. I thought that was excellent. That got included another one yet. Another one was is called. Where's the beef I love this and of course I don't see any never even seen anyone read the word of this thing but it's it's it's called something it's either called? Where's the beef or something like where's the beef? And it's all these recipes about beef. It's good it serves its purpose and its its updated. It's it's it's good And there are some other ones you know there were some I the Reuters. Here's flash briefing one. It's got video with it You know there's there's all there's a there's a punch it when you start to dig the end you realize there's see you go back a couple of years ago to where You could just literally have a list of twenty skills that are top notch and that really covers you know maybe eighty percent of the ground. Now you're seeing a lot of quality sort of bubbling up and you're seeing a lot of experimentation that's going right and and it's hard to keep up with you know. Most people aren't GonNa go through the process. We went through this with this book but there's becoming real quick nick more and more and more surface area to the quality Alexis skills that are out there and So it's exciting to see. I mean it's a it's a it's a sign of health in the ecosystem and You know it's more than likely going to continue to be fun to watch awesome Yan Katherine do you. Something to add to that. As well just I completely agree with Bradley. There is just so much great stuff. That's out there and I. I think it's wonderful that you know. Bradley has published this fantastic book that covers so much of the work that the Alexis skill developer community has been doing such a service to To the the voice community particularly the develop our community. And that's certainly something that I also think about with voice bro. You know you have lots of people who are who are putting time and resources and you know energy into creating these fantastic experiences for users and you know it's up to people like us to do what we can do to help get users to try their new skills to to form habits using those new new skills. Yeah go ahead Bradley. I know you have some thoughts on that. Yeah well and I just wanted to simply taken explicit moment of the show Gary and explain Catherine incredibly important role with the book so I asked Catherine to write the foreword for more than just whether in music and she did and adults excellent and it sets the tone really nicely for the entire book It's it's well worth reading thing. It's the best Britain part of the book and And so I asked her to do it. Because the voice Bruce Entire existence it's entire brand orientated person is so well aligned end with what this book is and does that. It just made perfect sense so I wanted to explain that Great Britain by Catherine in the book. Check that out Eh when people get the book before they read anything else and they'll be glad that they did. That's a that's a really good point. Sorry go ahead Catherine I decide what thank you I. I was really honored to write the forward to the buck. That was something I is very excited to do. That's fantastic as the two of you. Were discussing thing about the importance of using these sorts of resources to to help highlight the really good scales again. Brought up in my mind. The question of discover ability for or the skills. And you think about when other mediums come online for the first time whether it's a social media platform or now that now everybody's talking about take talk or whatever it is is and I'm not sure. Are there other books out there. That highlight like these. Are the two hundred tick tock channels. These are the two hundred instagram accounts that you need to follow but as this this sort of thing that we really need to do in order to push the Alexa skill ecosystem forward What are your? What are your thoughts on that Bradley? Yeah I think that's a great question and to answer it. I'M GONNA go back in time when I Sold hold the previous business that I started back in two thousand eight and yes odin twenty thirteen in got into publishing because I was so fascinated snake by this apple. Software called ibooks author that was being used to create interactive continent time. A lot of people were creating incredible. Edible works of multimedia you know driven interactive content and discover ability was a huge is problem. And you know you fast forward to now and the whole ecosystem is pretty much dead And Apple didn't know what to do. Do with it. Steve Jobs knew what to do with it. But post jobs apple had no clue and the whole thing died and it's tragic And it's it was unnecessary but it happened anyway. I see such herald calls. I'm I'm I feel like I'm really well served me personally from. I'm having gone through that because we're running conference at the time for the user community of that software and we watch in slow motion as As this thing sort of died on the vine and I'm really well served by that experience because I can tell you what I'm seeing from Alexa has so many parallels parallels to that and it's not that it's Di it's going to be entirely opposite direction but it's fascinating to me to see what's what's happening with Alexa when you've got You know a real visionary sort of telling the rest of the organization. This is what you're going to be doing and this is what you're going to be prioritizing. Because it's it's flourishing and your your question of do we need to call out list yes we absolutely do need to call out. Listen I think. I think it's necessary for every ecosystem no matter the the in discover ability of a store marketplace or in this case if there was some sort of AI driven. Hey you use this Alexa skill. You'd like this one. We just installed it on just tried out it. None of it matters. There's still a huge role to play for lists and Wit back in this This ibooks author Neo community I produced produced an article called fifty states of ibooks author. I would go on to replicate that with Alexa Alexa conference a year or two ago and that article that one article got referenced. It had to be a thousand other times and I look back at those like you know what I should have made that into a book and and that's what I've gone done this time. But you know these lists are valuable because even if Amazon had the most discoverable store in the world with the Alexa skills marketplace. They're still Amazon there. It's people little value at third party. perspective on things like this. They'll sit there and they'll take in. What Amazon thinks the recommendations to be but ultimately those reviewed With one hand the those are kept at arm's length and and it's the third. This trusted third parties like Kathryn. Prescott Voice Brew Better Lead in closer and that are trusted more and and that's why there's always going to be a huge need for lists. This is one of them. I have no doubt there will be more But yeah they play a vital role great. Great and I I'D BE REMISS IF I didn't ask us on behalf of the my audience and the Canadian audience do Do you have a sense of How many of these are available internationally? Not only candidate but also in the other regions For where Alexa Alexa puts out their skills. It's my sense that most of the Mar but there will be some Instances where there were not all of them are so I I would venture to say there has been no testing on this so I don't know for sure but but I would venture to say eighty to ninety percent of them are probably going to be available in eighteen to ninety percent of the markets. Your mouth by those together you get sort of sixty eighty percent coverage across the globe that to me sounds about right great great so I mean certainly You know when I look at the list I can. I recognize many of those that I've seen on the KADIAN skills store and there are some that are either new to me or that. I just haven't seen most likely they're new to me and I'll have to go out to search for those checkout Catherine. You wanted to adds something to that as well. Yeah so just going back to your discover ability question. Terry you know you made the point about how his voice different from discovering being Alexa skills. How different from discovering videos? That you should watch on Tick Tock so I think a key difference is that in the voice as I model especially with smart speakers users poll content from the smart from from Alexa from Google assistant from bixby. Whatever the assistant you're you're dealing with is your smart speaker? Isn't sitting there sort of suggesting that you do things I think that would be A. It would feel like a real kind of violation of of this sort of privacy of having a smart speaker in your home if it just sort of started talking into you unprompted users would like that and so if you compare that to tick Tock instagram those are platforms where you open open. The APP and content is pushed to you and I think that that key difference users having to poll content skills from invoice versus being pushed content in some of the these other APPs is white discover ability is much more challenging for voice first experiences. So if you're a skill creator for Alexa you really need to think about what your distribution strategy is going going to be an find channels to make users aware of what you're doing whether that's social media or participating sitting in a book like Bradley's or you know paying me at voice brew to take a look at what you're doing it's really important to have a distribution strategy. Yeah really good point. Bradley Dot Net. Yeah and I wanted to make sure to mention two points which I had mentioned so far. Just I feel like I'd be Remiss Biden and they're on the topic of discover ability You know there's there's two things that sort of set the stage for this this book to be possible The first one is when Amazon changed the enablement of skills to be to allow it to be verbal so it used to be a write. All this stuff was rolling out of the gate. That hat.

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

15:03 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"This process went throughout All of the different skills and really tried to curate a list where people aren't going to buy the book you know three months from it yet with Christmas money in January or something You know get on Amazon and spend some money by the book and Dan. If something's messed up you know there's a skill in there where it's not being updated That's probably unavoidable. But we tried But secondarily early from the quality is the Brett so we couldn't include a gazillion kids skills Even if they were all really high quality quality We had to branch out and really cover a lot of ground with these one hundred and seventy five skills. Plus Twenty Five Alexa built in functions is what it is. I saw the twenty-five built in functions left even less real estate for the skills and So it was tough But we did the best. We could and You know I called out a couple I'd love to hear you know Catherine stocks on some of the ones that she thought was interesting that were on the list. And but that's how we did it great. That makes a lot of sense. Yeah Catherine so what. Were some of your Favorites in and And your experience with the going through these looking at them. Yes Oh Bradley. A you mentioned Some of the kids skills. I thought you did a fantastic job of selecting at least most of my favorite kid skills as suggested do a few of them that you included on the list that I would encourage anyone listening to this podcast to check out with that. You know your kids kids or grandkids are friends. Kids I love kids court. Pretzel Labs. Let's Alexa resolve disputes. And for kids kids and it's so well done it's it's so fun in Cute I've written about it invoice as well Of course Chompers I when I was testing it out to write about it for voice brew. I liked it so much that there was about a week when I was brushing. My teeth with Chompers as well and then you know definitely choose your own. Adventure is fantastic. It's very high quality. You know the abominable snowman. Interactive story is really one of my favorite Alexa skills out. There you get to you get get two different decision points in the story. You get to choose what the character does. And it's really fun really well done and you can go back and try try making different decisions and see what happens fantastic. Yeah those are great and and I- familiar with those as well. I love kids record as well Great great great choice. I want a warping one more thing on there before. Release the if I was going to include a third thing saying that was sort of a third criterion for us I I wanted to include some skills that have been off the reservation. So Oh there's some sort of well established lists of great skills like there's a Tom's guide thirty thirty best Alexa Skills Dell's publication. It's on the Web and they've updated that and they've kept going. There's your voice brew has done. Some list of skills uncalled out. Different lists a different curated list of skills at different points. There's Vincent lists that had been floating around and it was important for us As sort sort of an Exclamation mark on the book to include some that that that are good. But that nobody's ever heard of. I actually viewed that as an important important. Barometer of success of the book is our ability to find and source skills that hadn't been really a senior talked about much But yet are just as good and valid as some of these other ones There's one called Daddy Saturday which I really. They like I think it's a great example of how Alexis Guilt can complement a published book. And the whole deal with that. Is that this guy who will be speaking about this at the project voice. I might add He created a book called Daddy Saturday. which is there his family's term for Saturday where they spent Saturday with daddy because he's gone all the time and so they come up with different things to do on Daddy Saturday? And it's this whole brainstorming exercise and and the book talks about the whole journey but the skill has sort of this generation of ideas and this brainstorming of different things that families can do for their daddy Saturday. I thought that was excellent. That got included another one yet. Another one was is called. Where's the beef I love this and of course I don't see any never even seen anyone? Breathe a word of this thing but it's it's it's called something it's either called. Where's the beef or something like where's the beef? And it's all these recipes about beef. It's good it serves its purpose and its its updated. It's it's it's good And there are some other ones you know there were some the Reuters. Here's flash briefing one. It's got video with it You know there's there's all there's a there's a punch it when you start to dig the end you realize there's see you go back a couple of years ago to where You could just literally have a list of twenty skills that are top notch and that really covers you know maybe eighty percent of the ground. Now you're seeing a lot of quality sort of bubbling up and you're seeing a lot of experimentation that's going right and and it's hard to keep up with you know. Most people aren't GonNa go through the process. We went through this with this book but there's becoming real quick nick more and more and more surface area to the quality Alexis skills that are out there and So it's exciting to see. I mean it's a it's a it's a sign of health in the ecosystem and You know it's more than likely going to continue to be fun to watch awesome Yan Katherine do you. Something to add to that. As well just I completely agree with Bradley. There is just so much great stuff. That's out there and I. I think it's wonderful that you know. Bradley has published this fantastic book that covers so much of the work that the Alexis skill developer community has been doing such a service to To the the voice community particularly the develop our community. And that's certainly something that I also think about with voice bro. You know you have lots of people who are who are putting time and resources and you know energy into creating these fantastic experiences for users and you know it's up to people like us to do what we can do to help get users to try their new skills to to form habits using those new new skills. Yeah go ahead Bradley. I know you have some thoughts on that. Yeah well I just wanted to simply taken explicit moment of the show Gary and explain Catherine incredibly important role with the book so I asked Catherine to write the foreword for more than just whether in music and she did and adults excellent and it sets the tone really nicely for the entire book It's it's well worth reading thing. It's the best Britain part of the book and And so I asked her to do it. Because the voice Bruce Entire existence it's entire brand orientation is so well aligned end with what this book is and does that. It just made perfect sense so I wanted to explain that Great Britain by Catherine in the book. Check that out Eh when people get the book before they read anything else and they'll be glad that they did. That's a that's a really good point. Sorry go ahead Catherine I decide what thank you I. I was really honored to write the forward to the buck. That was something I is very excited to do. That's fantastic as to you. Were discussing talking about the importance of using these sorts of resources to to help highlight the really good scales again. Brought up in my mind. The question of discover ability for or the skills. And you think about when other mediums come online for the first time whether it's a social media platform or now that now everybody's talking about take talk or whatever it is is and I'm not sure. Are there other books out there. That highlight like these. Are the two hundred tick tock channels. These are the two hundred instagram accounts that you need to follow but as this this sort of thing that we really need to do in order to push the Alexa skill ecosystem forward What are your? What are your thoughts on that Bradley? Yeah I think that's a great question and to answer it. I'M GONNA go back in time when I Sold hold the previous business that I started back in two thousand eight and yes odin twenty thirteen in got into you know publishing because I was so fascinated is native by this apple. Software called ibooks author that was being used to create interactive continent time. A lot of people were creating incredible. Edible works of multimedia driven interactive content and discover ability was a huge the problem. And you fast forward to now and the whole ecosystem is pretty much dead And Apple didn't know what to do. Do with it. Steve Jobs knew what to do with it. But post jobs apple had no clue and the whole thing died and it's tragic And it's it was unnecessary but it happened anyway. I see such herald calls. I'm I'm I feel like I'm really well served me personally from. I'm having gone through that because we're running conference at the time for the user community of that software and we watch in slow motion as As this thing sort of died on the vine and I'm really well served by that experience because I can tell you what I'm seeing from Alexa has so many parallels parallels to that and it's not that it's Di it's going entirely opposite direction but it's fascinating to me to see what's what's happening with Alexa when you've got You know a real visionary sort of telling the rest of the organization. This is what you're going to be doing and this is what you're going to be prioritizing. Because it's it's flourishing and your your question of do we need to call out list yes we absolutely do need to call out. Listen I think. I think it's necessary for every ecosystem no matter the the End Discover ability of a store marketplace or in this case if there was some sort of AI driven. Hey you use this Alexa skill. You'd like this one. We just installed it on. Just try it out it. None of it matters. There's still a huge role to play for lists and Wit back in this This ibooks author Neo community I produced produced an article called fifty states of ibooks author. I would go on to replicate that with Alexa Alexa conference a year or two ago and that article that one article got referenced. It had to be a thousand other times and I look back at those like you know what I should have made that into a book and and that's what I've gone done this time. But you know these lists are valuable because even if Amazon had the most discoverable store in the world with the Alexa skills marketplace. They're still Amazon there. It's people the value at third party. perspective on things like this. They'll sit there and they'll take in. What Amazon thinks you know the recommendations to be but ultimately those reviewed With one hand the those are kept at arm's length and and it's the third. This trusted third parties like Kathryn. Prescott Voice Brew Better Lead in closer and that are trusted more and and that's why there's always going to be a huge need for lists. This is one of them. I have no doubt there will be more But yeah they play a vital role great. Great and I I'D BE REMISS IF I didn't ask this on behalf of the my audience and the Canadian audience do do you have a sense of How many of these are available internationally? Not only candidate but also in the other regions For where Alexa Alexa puts out their skills. It's my sense that most of the Mar but there will be some Instances where there were not all of them are so I I would venture to say there has been no testing on this so I don't know for sure but but I would venture to say eighty to ninety percent of them are probably going to be available in eighteen to ninety percent of the markets. Your mouth by those together you get sort of sixty eighty percent coverage across the globe that to me sounds about right great great so I mean certainly You know when I look at the list I can recognize many of those that I've seen on the KADIAN skills store and there are some that are either new to me or that. I just haven't seen most likely they're new to me and I'll have to go out to search for those checkout Catherine. You wanted to adds something to that as well. Yeah so just going back to your discover ability question. Terry you know you made the point about how his voice different from discovering being Alexa skills. How different from discovering videos? That you should watch on Tick Tock so I think a key difference is that in the voice as I.

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

09:35 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"By local ID vocal ID is an incredible company it is a company that is looking at creating synthetic voices for people otherwise may not have a voice would be losing their voice it takes recordings of a person's voice and can create a synthetic voice that sounds virtually identical to the person's real voice when I learned about this technology I was completely blown away with it and I've got to know the CEO Rupel Patel and she's doing some absolutely incredible work so if you want to check out what they are doing please go to vocal ID dot ai they're doing some ground own breaking work in this area of synthetic voices now for today's podcast we are talking about all of the incredible announcements that Amazon made at its recent event just last week as you may know typically for the last couple years Amazon has had a big event where they announce all their products wchs and this was no different this time around they launched a number of new services for Lexi and they also launched a huge number of new products some of which are in Canada for preorder right now we'll get to that and some of which are really only offered in United States now and only under invitation only have to subscribe well not subscribe to put in your your willingness to buy the product at a discounted price and then it is expected that you would give some type of feedback almost like a Beta program so we'll get all that stuff as well the first thing I want to go through then is a little bit about the different features that are coming online and there's a whole bunch of these now some of these granted are not necessarily in Canada yet some of them are actually aren't even live yet in the United States but they're coming I want to let you know about some of these because I think some of them are quite relevant to Canada and some of them well knowing Amazon's history they likely will come to the states first and then eventually they will come to Canada so the first one of these which is definitely a welcomed feature for Canada is a multi lingual mode this is going to allow lexi to be able to speak both English and French at the same time in Canada and they've said that Canada's one of the first countries that this features come into that is fantastic I know that was one of the questions about when was this coming well it's going to be great so basically you're gonna be able to talk to your echo device in English or French or go back and forth and Alexis should be able to deal with that all right so that's pretty cool the next one is they have this new what they're calling the their neural text to speech auto which can use machine learning to help Lexi to be more expressive and to learn voices from recordings of celebrities so for example Amazon announced that the voice of Samuel L. Jackson will be one of the voices that you can choose four Lexi and actually going to be an explicit in a non explicit version that you can subscribe to these are going to be these are these are actually products is going to sell so it's going to be a revenue generator and they say they're gonNA charge ninety nine cents to add on a voice I think this is going to be a big business actually because you're going to start to see different voices different celebrity these different personas depending on the way you like to interact with your device so very interesting a couple of other services that have been announced during the event the the executives did announce that Alexa is coming to GM so two eight two thousand eighteen newer cadillacs Chevy Buick GMC vehicles there's something called scan to cook which is an upgrade for the echo show which lets you scan a barcode and you can then have the new Amazon Smart Oven just one of products that was announced prepare the item correctly so that's GonNa work with a whole bunch of different foods of course whole food brands because Amazon owns wholefoods certified for humans is up is a new program that is going to highlight smart home products that are very easy to set up its basically saying that if this product is certified for humans that it's very easy to set up so there you go if that's an issue for you and you want something that's essentially plug and play when it comes to it the idea is that it list for breaking glass it acts like a home security system and it is also now going to be able to listen for human activity too so if there's footsteps talking coughing etcetera while guard is in a way mode it can alert you to those sounds there's also a routine aspect to Alexis guard that is going to be available and so if you're going to say Lexi I'm headed out it can arm your system lock your door turn on Alexa Guard and so on K. with regard to Privacy Amazon made a big deal about privacy at the recent event and you're now going to be tell me what you heard or Lexi why did you do that if Lexie says something or trigger something and you're not sure why it happened you will be able to go back and ask Lexi why why and that can help to clarify what is going on with your system Alexa will be able to answer your door belt when you're not home through ring and Lexi will say things like hi this is lexi is this a delivery or hi this is Lexi how can I help you so that's interesting I'm trying to think sharing on Lexi you're going to be able to share photos between echo devices and the LEXI APP and you can react to those with emojis there is something called Alexa connections and so on so that's pretty cool and on top of that there's a couple of other interesting services that were launched in partnership with a couple of other companies that were announced one of them is the LEXI powered food network kitchen service and basically food network on your echo show invite cooking classes so you can actually learn how to cook with the Food Network and your echo show there's something called Amazon sidewalk that is being launched as well and this is some type of there's not a lot of details but at some type of wireless protocol that can allow the geographical area of your smart home devices to be expanding out into your yard towards your mailbox The lights in your yard and so on so that's interesting I suppose if you've got a bigger property that will be even more interesting to you there's something called the basically it's a little tag that goes on a dog and this basically will tell you when your dog leaves Gio fence area like a yard that you can yep and this says it's going to be launching next year now let's get to all of the interesting actual new hardware product the Amazon announced there was a lot so let's talk about some of the ones that were not maybe as surprising and probably the first one is just the echo the regular echo cylindrical device it's getting an upgraded speaker the echo plus had better speakers the new Genet Co and you will see all the information about it there by the way I'm GonNa give you a bunch of links in this podcast I'm going to have all of them on.

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

Alexa in Canada

11:21 min | 2 years ago

"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada

"Podcast. Man it is is great to be here dave. It's really nice to be here and i gotta say you've had some really distinguished guests on the podcast so i feel very very honored and privileged to be able to be chatting with you here i i i mean you have a medical degree so you are way smarter than me my friend after and and you can do all all of this stuff <hes> on top of it which is just you know great to hear an you know plus. We're starting your like the episode of <hes> after it's been a while you now i had a break got real busy and you've probably seen and people have seen in the community been all all sorts of other podcasts which i thought was was a good idea this kind of go out there and and see all of that stuff grow but now starting up the alexa dev chat again and seeing you at boy summit recently and hearing all this stuff and i was like you know what this this works out great yeah and people know you i mean your podcast <unk> zyppah the you know we were just joking about literally like you connected end the mike's just were never hurt. That's right which never happens when you send you to record the podcast but anyway so far so good. We'll keep our fingers crossed that it continues to work and there's no little glitches here so yeah exactly that's when we lose power that that site so let's talk about like interesting background right <hes> i mean for me seeing any big huge disruptive wave steve of things coming across <hes> like the internet was like mobile was in my career the one thing i would always see as different backgrounds what's and voice definitely has that and the i mean i remember seeing a couple of years ago and i was like oh he's a doctor and yet he's like all all up to speed on alexa flash briefings and you're asking excellent questions and then i got <hes>. When was this like. I got an invite communicate. You wanna come on my podcast. Which is alexa lexcen canada right right yeah. That was boy. When was that now 'cause. I time flies. I've been doing this now for about two years now just about and <hes>. I don't exactly have to look it up but i think it must have been probably within the first six months of me doing it. I think that i had you on the podcast and i even know if we were in canada yet. We had just been yes. Amazon just come to canada. It's it's actually kind of a funny story because when i launched the podcast and my blog lexin in canada when i did that <hes> alexa wasn't actually in canada yet but i was just so intrigued by the technology and for information about it. I couldn't find anything i can the do this and sure enough within a couple of weeks. It was coming to canada so it was just crazy timing. Yeah and i have to ask if you don't mind me asking because i don't think i even know this. What is your unlike medical practice our general practitioner are you in a specific area. Like what do you do outside of the alexis stuff so so yes question so my day job yeah. I'm a i'm a family physician and then i did a <hes> a year fellowship in sports and exercise medicine so now i i work at university of british columbia in vancouver <hes> and i do take probably three quarters of a practice is sports medicine and then another quart is general family practice <hes> and i love that but of course i love technology before medical school. I didn't education degree which is why i'm really interested in the educational aspects of technology <hes> and so when i can whenever there's an opportunity to confine to combine education <hes> healthcare technology and of course now voice technology particular. I'm all over it. So oh yeah i mean and that's great to hear because i <hes> you know a somebody who's had a medical condition since it's been ten <hes> coming across all sorts of a different doctors. I think there's a tendency like the thing i constantly hear his. I'm i follow evidence based medicine which to me is a cop-out. It basically means the stuff that i was in medical books thirty years ago and i it's like whenever i meet someone like yourself who has the emotional intelligence to understand how people feel jio when confronted with all this information that's out there and is not also afraid to kind of embrace new tack figure out how that happens especially with patient care the ability to voice in and south van <hes> i know one of the stuff you talked about was like daily tips hips in things around different conditions that people may have whether it's arthritis diabetes and all of those kind of things so it's great. I just want to say as a as a patient for many years of all sorts of <unk> at that's great to say <hes> a super appreciate that yeah thanks and like i say it's so early we all know this is still very early days and i'm really excited to see how i can continue to contribute to those sorts of experiences for patients through the technology to see how we can help them live their lives in the ultimately provide better better care for these patients yeah and and so let's talk about the tack like how did you come across alexa and get into the the entire podcast like were you on twitter before i was on twitter <hes>. I'm trying to think how i i actually i think the first time i ever really was exposed to voice technology <hes> in in the context that we're talking about it in terms of smart art assistance in smart speakers was through <hes> gary chuck yes 'cause i know he's been a big influence on a lot of people in the voice face and and <hes> you know a couple years like i say i was practicing and practicing medicine. <hes> and i've always been technology whether it was i can remember never these like little. Maybe you remember this digital diaries back in highschool dating myself here where i would there would be little miniature keyboard. You could type in your friends <hes> phone numbers and it'd be that's a little diary thing i would use those at us the palm pilot in and certain and i was always all over the the the early tech and i love can i say love technology and then i heard gary v talking about voice technology and flash briefings. I remember thinking this is really interesting as a way to get a message across cross to to a population and identify podcasting in the past and that's when i started to like i said i started to search for information as you do when you interested in something that went went on went online started searching couldn't really find anything about the tech specifically in canada recognizing that there are differences between canada and the states which is another whole conversation but i couldn't find it and i thought hey why don't they combine my passions here technology education health care <hes> and a. and create a resource for people to learn about the technology and that's really how the election canada blog and podcast started in they mentioned i started started before alexa was announced alexa was announced a couple of weeks later that it was coming to canada time could have been better and i started to interview guests including yourself like said and it has just taken on a life of its own the interest has just obviously as you know has been growing and growing and growing in the space and it's really really the exciting to see and being a position where i can interview people. It's fascinating to the different ways that people are thinking about using the technology and so that was the beginning of it of course i do have some entrepreneurial tendencies. I love getting out there and and speaking about things i i love teaching and so the last two years i mean just trying to get involved in in helping to educate the community grow the community and show people the benefits of voice technology. Yeah i love that about you and your audience to who is pretty encompassing like you have people following you who aren't technical. Maybe they have an echo device and they're like. I want to actually do something with this because i've seen that going. All the way back to two thousand fourteen is when people would use this device is didn't didn't matter what industry they're in and what they did for living they had ideas about what the how they could use that in their line of work <hes> and you cover a lot lot of those things too so the blog is alexa in canada dot c._a. But if you're not in kennedy you could put dot com and i think it goes there too right it does it does yeah yeah okay and so if folks go there. Are they gonna see the podcast on okay limits yep all right so i can see the podcast and you've got everything set-up there <hes> for people check out yet so i mean when they go to the page they'll see over the over the couple years <hes> so i've got some common commands commands that people can say to alexa if they are if they're new to election and not sure what can i say to this device so i've got a you know a page there. I think it's got you know however many hundreds of commands. I'm not sure how many neither are there. <hes> i've got a pays at highlights different blog posts a page of course highlights podcast page highlight some devices that are compatible with alexa <hes> tutorials on there but how to create routines and how to get people started in the flash briefing pages air which highlights my flash briefing. It's gotta be super interesting like running. If you don't mind sharing any kind of analytics like do you get all sorts of interesting searches <hes> like what used to be interesting when i worked in app store for kindle it used to be super interesting types of searches that i would see come across my kindle developer. Blog posts like a lot of it was like people people wanting to know how to load a case by and they had no technical background and there was nothing else out there on the internet so it would come through the technical <hes> side of it. You gotta be seeing some kind of interesting traffic coming in for that having yeah well. You know what i mean. One of the really neat things one of the really cool things about this is that because because <hes> i've done a spent a lot of time really to try to create viable resources is that organically getting a lot of traffic simply because anybody that types in the search terms uh-huh alexa and canada. My sight is essentially the number one site that comes up after amazon of course and so <hes> uh-huh regardless of you know you literally have no you have nothing on the site yourself altruistic. I have i have yeah. There's nothing there at this point in in any way <hes> and it's just you know but a lot of the questions that i get coming to me and the searches do kind of go back to what i needed to before and that's because there are differences between cannon the u._s. A lot of the searches are can. I do this in canada with alexa yeah and so those are the kind of questions in my <hes> twitter. We've talked about this before so anyway but like. I said we have talked about it. I understand that but for the person that's uninitiated or new to alexa it. A lot of this doesn't make sense than what we both digging listened to kansas. Why can't it just be the same thing again so that's a lot of the stuff that chiefs but it does generate a lot of traffic to the site for sure those types of queries and so out of that out of doing your podcast you..

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