40 Burst results for "Alexa"
Fresh "Alexa" from South Florida's First News with Jimmy Cefalo
"About 8 27 Now on NewsRadio 6 10 W We got time for a quick sports update Here is Rory O'Neill wrote Manny Jimmy Butler, posting 19 points, 11 rebounds, leading the Heat past the Pacers 1 14 92 in Orlando. The Marlins in Buffalo tonight facing off against the Toronto Blue Jays, coverage starts at six o'clock on our sister station 9 40 weight. Alright, Rory. We had live to the White House, coming up at 8 41 on NewsRadio, 6 10 No, I only want to know the latest local headlines. Ask Alexa Alexa play W Y O D on I hard radio. That's where everyone goes for local news, weather and traffic. Jimmy several, You know, the recent storm that just came through three people were killed by falling trees in North Carolina three, and that's why I was suggested to our listeners to call cutters that's total landscape solutions. They service Owners Association condominiums, Corporate park, cdd districts and shopping plans is in North date. All of Brown in South Palm Beach County's, too They came out to our property, and I harm Edie and prepared all of our trees from the storms with Arbor so that if a wind comes through a big breeze, well, a gust of wind They won't pull out of the ground and injure someone. It's so important to your business or junior association. I got a call today and we would quickly show he's the owner of Cutter's edge, something new your individuality,.
11 Trivia Questions on Schitt's Creek
"All Right Shits Creek Trivia, let's see if you know enough to be not up Shits Creek number one, the Rose Motel gets what new modified name on season. Four of the show question won the Rose Motel gets what new modified name on season four. Question number two, what musical family did Alexa claim she dated at the same time to get backstage passes to the teen choice awards number two, what musical family did Alexa claim she dated at the same time to get back stage passes to the teen choice awards. Question number three, which two characters on the show are brother and sister in real life number three, which do characters are brother and sister in real life. Question number four, Roland, and Jocelyn have an older son dates, Alexis. What is his name? Number? Four, Roland and Jocelyn have an older son who dates Alexis? What is his name? Question Number Five, what Song is Patrick Sing, for David, at an open mic number five, what Song Does Patrick. Sing for David at an open MIC. And Shits Creek number six, what's the name of the town realtor slash photographer number six? What's the name of the town realtors slash photographer? Question for what's the name of Moya's singing group number seven. What is the name of the singing group? That more up is a part of number seven? Question. Number eight what animal is featured in a movie moyer auditions for number eight, what animal is featured in a movie Moi rough auditions for. Question Nine. What is Bob's wife's name number nine? What is Bob's wife's name nine. And question number ten. What kind of business did the Rose family have before? They went bankrupt number ten. What kind of business did the Rose family have before? They went bankrupt? And for two points, what senior activity does Ted Valentin or to help with for two points at one point on the series? What senior activity does Ted Volunteer to help with?
Fresh update on "alexa" discussed on Sound in Marketing
"We'd have echo frames wearing glasses to wherever you want to have the conversation it's seamless and it has everything that you that runs all the skills. So I could literally play one of those story based Games too while I'm sitting out in son because you phones overheat phone is like in five minutes it's like I'm melting, you know but my. ECHO buzz run fine. So I could continue to be entertained that way during this time of seclusion I'm thinking of nursing homes now, family can't visit now they're really isolated I've heard of reports that smart speakers can kind of be friend the elderly like that's something really big. That's really really exciting and then the idea of bringing voter information and Statistics and understanding politics two generation that's not watching broadcast TV. So you're. You're making it accessible to a whole new generation of people that we've been telling for years go out and vote go out and vote. But now they're actually getting information in a way that they're willing to receive it. If you go to bit slash covid voice. That'll send you to a blog post around some of the things we've been doing the devices Org, and that does include giving echo shows to hospitals. One of our neighbors is a nurse and NAT was one of the first things we heard about was like. You don't realize how much you touch is human being until you know touching stuff becomes a thing you know and so the ability to drop in on a on a patient and talk. And there's no technical berry just drop in I'll share a personal story. This goes back a couple of years at the consumer electronics show in January S. And I was giving Aquino. And I think around the time it was Trieste. You'll. You'll see there's like a picture of me. We were announcing twenty-five thousand skills and those over one hundred thousand. And I started getting a little teary eyed on stage. If people remember because right before I, got this linked in message and it said a grateful son. And His dad who was ninety two. was having a stroke and said Alexa help. And an ambulance was sent and he was able to get. Medical attention and he just like he listed this whole story and then he sent me, he's like, here's my dad has ninety-three Bertha instantly pictures of him blowing out candles on his cake and I was like it's like what you're saying is so personal..
Extending Amazon Alexa Timers
"A practical tip for you today, it has to do with timers as you may know timers one of the most often used features when it comes to Amazon, Lexi and very simple timers. Of course, you just set by simply saying that Lexi set a two timer, a five minute timer, three second timer whatever you want. You can also give those times names. If you have multiple timers going, you can say, for example, Lexi set a pastime for three minutes. The tip I WANNA to give you today is that if you find that for whatever reason you want to extend your timer. So you set a timer safer five minutes, and then you realize the past needs and fewer minutes you can use that phrase you can say lexi extend the timer or extend the past a timer by blank two minutes, three minutes whatever you want, and then Lexi will do that. And she will tell you approximately what is the total length of time that you have left on the timer. So I think that's a really great little feature as well lousy to extend it rather than, for example, cancel the timer and start a new timer.
Fresh update on "alexa" discussed on Sound in Marketing
"So you could say I want this category four stars up and you'll see some of these skills have like twenty thousand plus customer reviews and they are saying what are they actually doing an engaging popular categories are ambient sounds you know when you go to sleep or if you just WanNa relax I actually have one I'm writing a little bit of code or or creating a presentation or something I have a fireplace sound just like a crackling. Games are super popular category and continue to grow. There's a lot of innovation they're like you'll see Disney has stories you can hear from your favorite characters. I've seen crossovers with brands with movies. So like concrete panda, you're talking to the characters and kids love that blueprints. You can even build your own story times so you can make it about them. And then they can listen and they can get. Entertained with that, and then one of the other things we've added is stuff like a wash, your hands song. So try and get little one to wash your hands for thirty seconds. You can say Alexa Wash your hands and she'll sing along for twenty thirty and so it makes it fun. You know as a sing along song and I I still do that in out such a dad like I'm I'm doing the sing along song in my kitchen and my kids are laughing at me but it's It's just a fun way to kind of involved. So I've seen a lot of. Innovation in that space tonight with that's a really great area to start experimenting in in. Now why people are hungry for content and looking for this another area where I've seen a lot of growth is going through multiple modalities and so I'll give you an example. Fitness pal as a way to track my calories in my Mac rose for the day. And I was in the mobile APP logging and it's like, Hey, you know you can just enable our Alexis skill now and you can say Alexa log weight and I had this for fifth it has it also does it. So it's like you know I'm working and I haven't gotten on the treadmill yet and I just want to ask how many steps have had. Now I can do that with how many calories I have left for my fitness pound stuff. So it's just you know we find that very popular gaining the information because. It's very, there's certain categories was voice really excels and when you know the specific information that you want a very specific data point, nothing's faster than voice to be able to do that. Right you just asking you mmediately you get. An answer. So I'm seeing innovation go across they're playing video sounds you know because devices like our echo show Ta and fire TV I love playing music trivia and other stuff so that if you play Song Quiz, you can play against another non person the same time you can compete in like eighties music in ninety s music. And you're seeing stuff on your screen, you're not just hearing it too. and. So you'll see that and you'll see innovation their stuff across a barbed board games. And things like that. There's. There's even if you know the dungeons and dragons..
Amazon Alexa Quick Links
"I want to give you a little update on something that was announced. Just recently on the Lexi live Online conference for developers. And I think this is a great feature. And I just want to basically heads up about this because I think you're going to be seeing this more and more on a lot of LEXI skills you know. One of the issues with skills is remembering the invocation fray. So what is it that you say? In order to get Lexi to open a skill and Amazon has just released at least in Beta form. Something called quick links and what this is is the ability to click on any link that you see really anywhere on the web on social media in taxed wherever you see hyperlinked that we're so used to now you click on that and what that does is it automatically launches a skill on Alexi device of your choice so you click the link. It will then open up a browser or a a window. Depending on what device you're on Alaska device you want to enable the skill and Lexi just starts playing that skill very cool as I mentioned. This isn't a Beta version right now. So you're not going to see this yet but I can imagine that they're going to be lots of great use cases for this coming forward and I think it's A. It's a very very neat innovative idea. That Amazon has compass so. But I tell you that it's interesting news and being look up for some of these new skills that are gonna be taking advantage of quick links. Help US launch these skills and get into these experiences Much more quickly than we can currently
Fresh update on "alexa" discussed on Sound in Marketing
"Thanks for having me. Excited to be here. I have wanted to talk to you for a while because I've been seeing you on all the socials and really enjoyed voiced in and I don't know if you've done voice talks yet but that sounded right up your alley as well. It was in the first one. Okay. That's what I thought. Really really enjoying with the voice community has been putting out there. With webinars and free events during all of this, it's been really really nice and helpful is kept me sane through all this to community you. It's great to see. The, inclusiveness and everyone come together even with. The stuff that's going on on social right now it's just it's such. vibe. Happy to be soup tiny part of it for those listening that don't know what in Alexa chief evangelist is could you kind of? What you do and what that title means I just happened to be the first person on our developer marketing team. I had a background as a developer evangelist at Microsoft for almost seven years going in really love technology love being part of communities. And I had the opportunity to just you know whatever needed to be done. So people who I've known for years. Now remember when I was the one going out and doing the Hack Affonso was. The first content to try and explain what this new world the voice was I started a podcast to kind of open the veil behind what was actually happening in. Seattle with Amazon that people could hear from other people besides me you know came up with the original. Original plans with a lot of teams. So like how do we certify skills? What is a skill I used to do? I started doing office hours, which were like, asked me anything's which were we still do because my my favorite just talking one on one with community. And then over time. It's been all sorts of different jobs both internally and externally, but it's basically whatever needs to be done. We have this electric celebrator program for people creating really unique things with invoice. It's part of the Alexa Fun and I was really really lucky to have been part of the finals and Kinda give a talk there and I I met someone and she said I'm an intrepid Moore and I was like what's that and she's like an entrepreneur but I work inside large organizations and I'm like that's me like I love. Being part of these.
Are Anchor podcasters different?
"Anchor podcasters. Different is the platform full of dead podcasts as some say it is. News takes a look and discovers a number of differences between anchor podcasters and those on other podcast hosts. Alexa play the US podcasting news podcast on Pandora. Pandora users in the US can now use Alexa smarts because to listen to podcasts. IHEART radio is on the hunt for the next great podcast. It's a competition to develop and launch a show on the platform. It's open to podcast is worldwide. Company is also also working on an original ten parts narrative sci-fi thriller podcast there be monsters that'll be available. Later, this year in the UK Bible magazine has just released issue ten. You can read it for free on the website. It Features Charlie Brooker the receipts and Jamie laying and lists all kinds of podcasts to listen to. Patron has lost a lawsuit brought by fans of Owen Benjamin, a comedian banned from the platform. The call to action could according to some commentators put Patriot out of business. Are Now has exclusive sales representation. All Star Burns, audio shows Lipson has hired Richard Hays has their new CEO and here's what else you need to note today the New York. Times has announced opinion audio team. You'll find all end names in our show notes and our newsletter today. And in caused news investigative podcast trace, which one number of awards is back a new season. This time it's looking at the case of Nickelback Gobbo, a former, Australian gangland lawyer and police informer,
Fresh update on "alexa" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
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HereAfter with James Vlahos
"Hereafter is uses conversational ai to help people save and share their life stories interactive way if this is something we've been doing in older technologies for. Since time began practically I by oral history than recording in books than photos, videos, audio this anyway, we can sort of capture the essence of people and passed along to the next generation. As the idea of hereafter is, will we have haven't new canvas have a new medium we have boys computing. That's a way to. Get People's voice and then share their stories memories, dreams, songs, jokes, wisdom all of that in a back-and-forth manner. So it's non new longer just you a nerd experience of reading somebody's biography or memoir. It's even talked to Avatar of somebody a legacy Avatar. Hear their voice talking back. So. That's the the essence of the company as the inspiration was very personal. It was back a few years ago. My father had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. And we knew right away that he had a matter of months to live, and the first thing that happened was I did a district conventional oral history project with him, recording him talking all about his life and. Had these hours and hours recordings got them. All professionally transcribed had a binder full printed out as his words at great resource for this inert resource and that was right at the time that I was getting more involved with conversational AI and researching the book and realizing, Hey, you know there's a new way to. Share this information, and for me, there's a new way to sort of you know I was I was desperate like had Michael Hold on I'm losing my dad do I hold onto him in this? Admittedly, a very incomplete way compared to having the real person, but but some way to capture some part of his essence and keep it around. So I did that I created this conversational agent that you could access on Facebook Messenger. Messages with it, and you could get little videos and audio clips as well and I called Bath The dad bought, and that's really the. Basis that for everything discounts sense. and. So while I mean. Obviously. It's a very personal story. I'm just I'm just trying to think all the questions that come to my mind about this. What did you think about this? When you when you shared this idea with or did you share this with them? I did. It was very important for me to get his permission for some foremost but also the permission of other people in the family because I knew right away like I think this is a cool idea. I can see that it's a little bit of a weird idea. So I wanted to talk to everybody about it. and his own feeling about it like this was a man who was staring down data in some ways didn't care either way. Because you had bigger concerns. But he and he didn't get it either I was like a chat wechat by I don't get it But when he finally kind of came around to it, and when I finally demonstrated an early version to him. He really got it and he said I while like. Sounds like me those are things that actually would say or have said. And I like this idea that it could be shared with kids and grandkids in the future.
Big tech CEOs testify before Congress
"So, this hearing just going to say it, it was six hours of chaos. So. So many things like individual moments of pure chaos happened this hearing. But because every member of Congress was only given five minutes to ask the questions in and they moved on, no one could process the moments of cash. So here are some things that happened during this hearing. Jeff. bezos just started eating nuts on his call. That was just a thing that you started snacking for the first ninety minutes. It appears that basis had tech issues was operating in some kind of delay. So we didn't hear from him. They just answer any questions and they'd take a ten minute break Jeff. bezos could fix his computer. Amazing. Jim Jordan, who McKenna pointed out. On the show last week is always sort of chaos element. Try to talk over several members of Congress got yelled to put his mass back on floated. Just elaborate conspiracy theories. was when I say was chaos I. Don't know if there's any other way to describe it. I. Think that led a lot of people to think the hearing itself didn't accomplish its goals, but I think in many ways it did. But Kennedy you WanNa Kinda go through what the committee was trying to accomplish the themes they were pointed at in. How hearing played out, right. So okay. First off. Harkening back to last week I mentioned Jim. Jordan's mountain dew obsession. Definitely drink a handful those throughout the hearing I took notes in screen shots. So, I, called it. But regardless of their pores soda choices, there were a lot of lawmakers who definitely did their homework and I think that was really apparent throughout the entire hearing and when I look at. The picture that they tried to paint I think that became really clear in chairman Sicily's opening statements. So this is the guy who liked. And spearheaded the entire investigation from the beginning, and in those opening statements, he pointed out that yeah Apple Amazon Google facebook. There are different in a lot of ways and they exhibit anticompetitive behaviors potentially allegedly and a lot of different ways. But what they tried to pull together and was a story, and it's really hard to tell a story and five minute fragments. But what happened yesterday was Sicily. Ni, and a lot of the Democrats on the Committee wanted to point out that these companies they become bottlenecks for distribution whether that's information or just like APP stores marketplace's they control what gets distributed in how what was really key to the investigation was how? How they survey competitors. If you have so much control dominance over a market or a specific part of the tech industry, you have a lot of insight into your competitors and you can do a lot of dangerous things with that, and then lastly, after that dominance has gained, it's how they abuse it. Right? How they abuse it to make harder for small businesses in competitors and I think that's exactly what Cellini pointed out in the beginning and I think they did a poor job that storytelling throughout the process. But I think that's also our job. Right is to pull that evidence together and tell that story for them in a way that isn't like. Yes, no yelling at CEOS and like stopping them and I think by getting that in the evidentiary record doing all this questioning, I think they really did achieve their goal in the end. Yeah. I mean, I think the thing that happened sort of next to the hearing was that they released a bunch of documents from these one point, three, million documents of clutch. Over the past year, they released pretty targeted selection documents for every company showing some of this stuff, Casey, I wrote a story about. facebook. INSTAGRAM. My I'm going to frame this email or mark Zuckerberg. Literally one sentence, no period. The Andrew says I need to figure out. I'M GONNA buy instagram like I would love to just be in a place were sending that email like super casually like I got this thing to figure out and it's not like am I gonNa buy the model of the car. It's like instagram. I've been thinking of the text messages where so and so says that Mark Zuckerberg's didn't go destroy mode on instagram ever since they got that up. Case she this to Kevin and right that text was. Yes. Well, it was Kevin. System was talking to an investor and Kevin said to the investor. If we don't sell well, mark, go into destroy mode on us and the investor side probably. Of course, stray casual. So there's just a lot of documents and I think one of the functions of hearing was to get those documents into the official congressional record to make the CEO's account for them. That did not seem very successful to me. Is like a takeaway people should have from this hearing, right? No. I think a lot of people that go into these hearings are expecting like these big Gotcha moments and expecting like a lot of news and all this stuff. But it really, it wasn't oversight hearing. You know it wasn't. They didn't come. They came at this like in a report last earlier this week that they came out at as investigators. They didn't come at it to make a big show horse and pony show out of it, and yet I think the CEO's didn't. The record well enough to the extent that they could have. But there was definitely, I was expecting them to do a lot less evasion and I expected a lot less room probation with the documents, but it's just the process of a Congressional hearing. It's. It's hard to do that in a congressional hearing. But if you put those documents out there, you get the CEO's on the record a little bit who does excite this excites the FTC. J, and that's who can take this next and then it's also congress. You know they can't break up a tech company, but they can regulate going forward and it's those three key themes that I pointed out earlier that they could regulate. You know what I mean. They could legislate to forbid companies from surveying competitors and things like that, and that's where this goes. So the format of the hearing, every member and five minute chunks, it seemed very clear that the Democrats had some sort of coordinated evidentiary strategy, they would start and. And they would say, I, want to read this email to you. What did you mean by this email and then Jeff bezos would say something like I have. No idea is on works. I. Was real pattern that developed was basis really not doing or claiming he definitely knows claiming not really no way Wayne is under the thing they did or they would ask sooner Pichai about the very granular add deal google made by an ad product, and soon I, would say I'll get back to you, which is basically all responses. So the Democrats seemed like they were coordinated to move through their documents. The Republicans seem to be doing something else that also seem coordinated intentional, but what was their focus because that seemed clear split my takeaway from Jim Jordan who? We got into earlier, he he was interviewing. As if they were all Jack Dorsey. And as we talked about like, yeah, he invited Jack Dorsey to testify, but he doesn't sit on the antidote subcommittees. Anything. He says, it just doesn't matter. So it sounded to me as if he prepared questions Jack Dorsey and then it was like, oh, he's not coming I'll ask Tim Cook the same questions. Another completely crazy moment that happened just seen by and five minute chunks is that. Represented Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin Dear Sweet Wisconsin. Definitely. Asked Mark Zuckerberg why the Donald Junior was banned from twitter and mark. Zuckerberg was happening on twitter facebook and there was just like a moment of confused silence, and then he tried to move on and that just sort of floated by in the river of chaos to tell you how much chaos there was kneeling. When you started to tell that story, I thought you were going to tell the story about when Jim Jordan asked him cook if the famous one, thousand, nine, hundred, four, Apple Super Bowl, AD was actually about twenty twenty cancel culture, which is another thing that really happened. I think that's out of context. He didn't ask him. He said clearly, this is. That's definitely what Steve Jobs was thinking IBM is canceled culture and Apple's going to break it with hammer and Jeff. Bezos said that social media is a nuance destruction machine and all this crazy stuff from that. It was a wild will that that particular question when Jim Jordan asked, do you support the cancel culture mov, you could see the CEOS like. 'cause they went in order. He asks them all in order. So First Tim Cook just like basically muttered nothing. Here's like I don't. I support speech whatever. The iphone a keyboard like that was his answer. Sooner per child also, just like muttered, right? He's like Google has always supported free expression Zuckerberg like saw the opportunity and took it and the forces of liberalism I rising I, and then basis was like I cannot. I cannot do in like went for it, and that was just totally insane moment. But it also seems like the Republicans were intentional to try to create their own moments where they were yelling at CEOS about bias on platforms is obviously something cover a. At. You were paying a lot of attention that case you're paying a lot of attention to it. Do you think that was effective in creating because you know there's like a parallel conservative Universe Jim? Jordan was on Tucker. Carlson. Last night like was that effective or d think that the CEO's were able to sort of tamp down on interesting the Tucker Carlson pointed out that Google and other companies are all big donors to Jim Jordan another folks. So that is a weird side, but I think it was actually besides the moment where they mixed up twitter with facebook I. Think this was much more effective off. Off Topic yelling about technology than we usually see like are genuinely issues that like they are upset about that, they could point to largely around like cove nineteen misinformation and they could at least like pick those topics and stick to them rather than kind of asking vague questions about like, why is my phone listening to me? Well, they're definitely asked questions about why are my campaign emails getting filtered by G mail? Yes. I should. I should mention that they have really and they have all of these cases where they ask about extremely specific one off incidents that anyone who has used social media knows happens constantly. And, then turn them into a sinister pattern. But I think they managed to come off as sounding more like they understood what they were talking about the unusual. I think that was a real theme of the hearing, Casey. What did you think of this sort of bias side show that occurred? Well, I mean the the idea that conservative voices are being suppressed is foundational to the conservative movement and is behind the rise of conservative talk radio. It was behind the rise of Fox News. Now that social media exists, we have seen it in this new form, but it is sort of being presented as extra, sinister and worthy of. Some sort of legislative intervention what frustrates me about it is that much more than newspapers or or cable news like Mark Zuckerberg Dorsey. These people benefit hugely from having all possible voices on their platform. None of them is incentivized to drive conservatives off their platform. What they are incentivized to do is have rules that make the place safe and welcoming. So that people want to hang out there and so to the extent that there are issues on the platform, they've largely come because these platforms have rules. And you know you would think that a bunch of free marketeers would realize that the alternative to the system that they're so mad about would be creating a new system, but they don't seem at all interested in doing that. So I just sort of dismissed all of them as charlatans I actually thought it was interesting that the opposite track came up, which was the Stop Hey for profit campaign I kind of wasn't expecting that. The representative Raskin I believe asked facebook. Basically, why aren't you kicking more hate speech off. I forget who else asked like look is the point that you're so big. You don't care about advertiser boycotts I. Mean, you know it will here. Here is a fact that the number one complaint that facebook gets from its users, the thing that users. About. FACEBOOK is that it removes too much content and so if you're running the place, you do have to take these complaints seriously in a way. Right? It might not be you know that you shadow band conservative whatever that even means on social network in twenty twenty. But the fact that you're removing content is really upsetting people. So you can't dismiss that idea entirely, but I still don't feel like we're having that intellectually honest conversation about it. So this was definitely I feel like you can connect the you control distribution. We're GONNA show the abuses of power narrative. We got other. Democrats. With the you control distribution. You're banning conservatives right like I. Think what's Sensenbrenner Again, cups and conservatives are consumers to is that people don't realize that like fifty percent of the population in many ways. But facebook has like famous conservatives working its highest levels Kevin. We last week, we're talking about Kevin Roose keeps sharing the list. List of the most engaged content from crowd tangle. It's all conservative content, and that's so problematic for facebook that they're. They're pushing back with other metrics and graphs of their own, making the facts just aren't there, but it doesn't seem to be convincing. Brett Kevin is being asked to recuse himself from facebook case because he's like best friends with facebook I, AP I wrote a column almost two years ago. Now, arguing that conservatives were trying to redefine. Any conservative identified person having any unwanted outcome on a social network, right? So bias is your name was higher than mine in search results. Bias is used suggested that I follow a Democrat and not a Republican right, and if you take action on your policies that apply to everyone against me a conservative that is biased against conservatives, right. So and by the way I have to say this has been hugely successful because we've talked about it. How many minutes now and the longer that these discussions. Discussions. Go on. They just sort of refi people's minds. The idea that there really is a vast conspiracy to silence conservative speech because he's networks are so big millions of conservatives are having experiences like this every day, and now there is an ideology that is basically a religion for them to attach to, which is although Silicon Valley liberals are out to get. Reason I wanted to talk about the conservative side show, which in many ways was a circus is it feels like the notion that we should be punitive to the companies or mad at the company's. Bipartisan, right we were. We were not looking at a hearing where the Democrats were on the attack. Republicans are saying we love. Apple. We're looking at hearing where they were. Everyone was mad. There are a couple of exceptions to that. There were a couple of I think sensenbrenner and a few other folks were like look we want to be clear. Big is not bad. We just WANNA make sure we're not punishing you for your success, but you were like almost entirely, right? Yeah. I. Mean I. think that's it's important to. To capture that mood like Jeff Bezos Mark Zuckerberg, Tim, Cook soon. Darpa, try they usually get to finish whatever sentence they start saying. Right. They're not used to being interrupted. Their thoughts are usually like you know they get to live in complete sentences and people take them seriously here in five in intervals, they were interrupted almost every time they started speaking to be told that they were wrong that they were filibuster at one point Sicily said stop thinking is for the questions. We can just assume they're all good questions. They. Were getting yelled at and they're going yell that about a variety of things that were pretty specific. So you kind of in your kind of structure here. The first one was controlling distribution. What did you hear as a hearing went on the indicated to that? The committee had a case here? I think the apple's APP store is one thing you know charging thirty percent cuts on certain things is just controlling an APP store. It's the same thing with Amazon's marketplace. They can inherently in control what gets placed and what gets sold and you know if they want to play with search results on Amazon, they can do that, and then on facebook and Google, it's not just like products and software that's information. And it could be information when it's like Google. Google. Stealing yelps, texture views right in putting those in its little info boxes in search queries in facebook if facebook is just like an. Mation, distribution platform and. It can decide Algorithm Mickley. Knowingly. What people get to see this bution was very keen to the committee's hearing yesterday and they pointed out different aspects in which you know each company exhibited that kind of behavior. So the one that will you bring up apple? We wrote about this, say there's much emails. Apples document production is just one hundred and thirty pages of unrelated emails and whatever order see it's like scan through it. So there's a lot of little stories in there. There's one about right to repair and apple realizing it needed to repair. By watching PR people operate by reading their emails journalists. Very entertaining. They're like we had a break like here's our strategy. Here's we're GONNA. That's all in there. You can look at it, but there's a lot about the APP store itself and how they're going to use the mechanics of the APP store to control their platform, and it started at the beginning like the first emails in this production from twenty, ten there. From Phil, Schiller Steve Jobs saying, are we GONNA? Let Amazon Sell Books in the kindle store. Store, it felt like I saw an Amazon ad was hard to watch this hard to watch this ad where a person's reading a book on an iphone in the kindle APP in the pick up an android phone keep reading. He's like literally like it was hard to watch like Schiller's at home like pain what a customer is having an experience that good it really just. Heart and so he's like it was hard to watch. You fours Steve Jobs. They're like we gotta shut it down jobs is the bookstore will be the only bookstore on the APP. Store. That's the way it's going to be everyone's gotta used to it. We know that restricting payments will hurt other things, but that's what we're doing and they started there in two thousand ten and they pulled it out, and then that ladders up into everything that we've seen with, hey, ladders up into the analysis group showing up to. Apple, can pay them to say that there's independent study has revealed. Everybody has a thirty percent cut. It has landed up into Tim Cook, forwarding. He gets a letters from developers that are in this direction. It's like apples breaking my heart and he just like Ford's it. Tim, Cook forwards that email to filter credit eighty, just as thoughts like amazing like they are constantly thinking about the APP store as a mechanism of control for the platform in the leverage and other deals. So the other one was apple is this Amazon one which I have very mixed feelings on saying that this is bad or legal I'm curious for all of your thoughts famously. Did, not have the prime video APP on the Apple TV and all these other places apple, Amazon came to a deal. There's an entire presentation in this production like the slide deck of how the deal is going to work. Apple got to be the preferred seller of its own product. So third parties cancel. Apple. Products, Amazon pages, they got. They have a custom by flow. They've custom product pages, all the stuff in return. Amazon got a lower commission on the APP store and gets to Selatan products which no. No like you can rent a movie from the Amazon APP on the Apple TV, no one else gets to it in one world. This is just pure platform collision, right? Apple cut VIP deal for big companies because it wanted something and you could say this is legal in another world. It's like this is how deals work apple something valuable. Amazon s something valuable and they came to a conclusion wherever made more money and quite frankly the consumer experience platform has got better. How do you read that? Casey? That is good and fair analysis of it. I. Think I did read slightly more scandalous. Tones into it in part because apple would never acknowledge that some developers are more important to it than others even though if you assume that that's true, I think maybe one of the things that's frustrating about it is there is no transparency accountability around which developers get sweetheart deals is that once you hit a certain threshold of revenue will cut your price. Why couldn't they extend that deal to everyone right? Or is it just if we withhold something that seems particularly valuable, we can eventually drag you to the table. Table, which is sort of what seems like happened here. I think in all cases, what I'm always looking for is the accountability, right like and some sense of of equitable treatment of developers and I understand the guys are always going to get the best treatment, but it can that be publicly visible. Can it be acknowledged and there'd be routes for others to achieve that same level of success and treatment, and that I'll just seems missing here. Did you buy Tim Co? He said it twice. It was obviously A. Glimmer, of sympathy for all four CEOS. There is a lot of reporting that they had spent months preparing for this hearing like being grilled there, they'd hire outside law firms. They. Practiced they all clearly had soundbites memorized in none of them. Got To say him because it kept getting interrupted. Tim Cook had this one where he is like if we're the gatekeepers, the gates are open wider than ever. We've gone from five hundred. APPS to one point seven, he said like. A whole speech. and. The thing is there's fierce competition for developers. They don't like our store can do for android the windows. For xbox and PS. Four. Which I was like the idea that adobe is going to be like we don't want to be on the IPAD. Here's PS. Four Photoshop is insanity to me. I'm going to build a spreadsheet. APP. For the five. That's how frustrated with Tim Cook. To that ring. True to you I. Mean, there's no, it does not ring true. There is a, there is a duopoly. In the United States when it comes to smartphones, iphones have majority share in the United States and you can't say, well, you know there's there's a rogue fork of android in Malaysia that you could go develop for if you really wanted to and have that come across as a credible argument to Americans. Right it is. Natural for any monopolist to spend most of its time, arguing that it is much smaller and much less consequential as as you think it is and they're essentially always asking you to ignore what is in front of your face, which is that they are the giant. They are in control. What they say goes, and it doesn't matter which small businesses get hurt along the. The. Way I would point out that the contact and we're gonNA talk about earnings eventually. But the context for that is apple had its biggest third quarter ever this month, their revenues went up eleven percent year over year, they're making obviously making billions of dollars in their services revenue, which is a lot of the narrative around the APP stores increasing that services line. Also went up. I think it was thirteen billion. So you're right. They're very big in their earnings the day after the hearing did nothing. To reduce that impression. I want to switch to Amazon a little bit McKenna. You really focused Amazon was basis first time up there. They came at him a lot about marketplace. How did you think that went I think it went pretty good. I. Think. John Paul specifically was just like killer her questions with breakout star. Yeah. She was just like killer and she's the representative for. SEATTLE. So this is where Amazon is right. So she just like killed it and. And I think there were a couple of instances in the documents and in questioning yesterday that really pulled important things out there was like testimony from one bookseller who was like, yeah. We just can't sell a category of books and we don't know why Amazon doesn't let us do that just like testimony like that or even when it comes to like acquisitions, the ring acquisition especially, I wrote about that today through the documents and how. They said, this is for market position. This is a for technology, your talent or anything. We just bought this and that's something that base said again, yesterday he was just very clear. It's like, yeah, we do buy things market position, which is like so insane just here like the richest person in the world. But like, yeah, we're buying market position. It's just what happens. That's another one I have mixed feelings right, and by the way, people should read McKenna story because those documents have just a very funny breakdown like the pros and cons of buying. Buying ring in many of the cons like what if this turns into nest, which if you're just the verge cast listeners like it's just like the Keyword Bingo, but it's fine to say, we're buying market position like this isn't the best product out there, but it's the category of video. doorbells is not huge, right? So to by the the market leader in video doorbells is maybe the most rational use of the money. What is the problem that you think the committee was trying to show an address sense of we're just going to market position. Pointing out, they can just do whatever they want and how casual it is, and there really isn't. It's really funny to read an email like that, and we could buy it or we could just copy it or are. We could just watch. You know that was one of the emails that base from someone. Those are just three options you know and it's like just pick and choose you know. Pointed out like a lot. Just that email itself really pointed out just how easy it is for them. They used a lot of that time history to talk about copycat behaviors and to talk about just like you know buying up competitors and it just seeing that all in one little e mail having to do with the ring was like really i. think it was really kind of I opening and especially like useful for the committee. So Amazon got hit a lot for the data collection side of it of copying competitors. bezos did not seem to have great answers there. Right. So that's the. The thing they got in trouble with this. There is that Wall Street. Journal article from like April where employees were literally like, yeah. We dip into data and we use that to guide our own private label products and everybody was like Whoa and Amazon basins. Yesterday said, well, we do have a policy that bans that but giant pointed out yesterday. It's like, okay. So what's your enforcement look like you can have the policy, but like if you don't enforce it, then it's like meaningless. And then yesterday I. Think Paul was like, can you give me a yes or no answer? Do you dip into data and he's like I can't I can't give you. Yes or no, and we're just like we're looking into it. The story had anonymous sources. So that isn't very helpful to us. You know what I mean. So that was one of the main things and that Wall Street Journal article and I think it's the same kind of examples in the committee's documents. They point out specific examples like car trunk, organizers of all things. It's like weird little products like Amazon's like this is a little hot. Maybe we should do that. So I, I think. I, think they made a good case yesterday. Yesterday on that. Yeah. I mean bezos brought up that Wall Street Journal, Article himself twice, and he was like, well, your policy against it. But I can't guarantee never happened. Then there is a strange just didn't come across clear I. Think I know what the committee was trying to get at their like US aggregate seller data when there's only three sellers and then only to sellers? Yes, I. Think what they're getting at is when you're down to the aggregate data of two companies, you heard effectively looking at individual data. What is the problem? They're like the I get what you're doing. You're just reducing the denominator to get to one, but like it, why is that particular problem? Right? Well, none of these. Dipping into individual seller data and looking at aggregate data. That's not a legal. There is no law. This is all voluntary of Amazon. So they have a voluntary policy where like we can't do individual seller data, but they say nothing against aggregate and aggregate what you're getting at eight. Here you is. Does the same thing if it's just like some goofy little product they. They bring up pop stock. It's all the time before pop tops in a moment. Right? There's only like one pop. So company like you know pop soggy, it was kind of an innovative product. It's like well, if there's only two of them and use the aggregate data, you you you have everything you need to know you know about that product line looking aggregate. If that's what you decide to qualify as do you as you're looking through the other Amazon documents and other stuff. So anything jump out at you is something the committee was trying to prove or get at. The questioning seemed very focused on. Like are you using the state at a copy products? Are you buying things? You shouldn't buy. There's one question which I did not understand why came up about DMC. Take downs on twitch and Jeff as just had this look of panic in his eyes. He's like I don't know man I bought Wedge because my kids want to. Do something like that was like the side show stuff, but the real focus here, it just seemed like it was definitely in the marketplace, right? Amazon, everyone came at Amazon for the marketplace. That's what everybody knows him as like they have all these little sides. They got rain. They got Alexa Alexa was one thing too. That was kind of interesting. It's like. Are you buying things like ring to put Alexa into and dislike expand your like Titan Ism as like an Internet Internet connected home. Thing and make that more closed off and walled gardening. That was one thing. But no, it was just focusing on how much power they have to kind of change. What happens in the marketplace to kind of decide what companies in what products are able to come up on the first page of results. You know that's also something that they dug into Google and in something that one of those like themes that kind of ties everything together. We should say they all spend a lot of time talking about counterfeit goods, and why is it Amazon removed? Fake stuff from the platform and how much is it profiting off of you know selling pick rolexes? Is it surprising? The whole foods didn't show up at all they're. Like that is a really massive thing. Amazon owns that. Is it moving into a huge new product category? I think whole foods is not an online marketplace, which was the title of the hearing, not that that restricted anybody from doing anything except that, one of the things Amazon says is we have lots of competition from offline marketplaces, right? Brought up kroger a lot I mean, this is the case he's point. They all made. It seem like they were beset at any moment. They could be crushed by the likes of stop and Shop Right? Like I think the point though was really on the. Digital. Experience Consumers have and like I, don't know Ho-. Foods fits. Into that narrative, especially, because it is itself not dominant like they bought it because you needed to grow in their. Good at that at my question for you on the Amazon stuff was when you think about, we talk about two thirty a lot right like you and I in particular spent a lot time to thirty, which regulates with the platform can do with content. There's not really an equivalent of two thirty for goods on store. Right like there's some case is out there saying like you're liable for what what happens on your online store page, but Amazon doesn't have that like second order of like Messi nece around it that twitter and facebook to with two thirty, I. Mean, it gets invoked a lot for marketplace's, but it's way messier. Well, I just wanted to like this question at counterfeits question about ranking the store like they are even more free than any twitter is to to sort tweets algorithm. Algorithm clear to modern like it just their store. Do you think that they're like that Algorithm transparency? Your wire things ranked. Did you catch a sense that that's where the regulation is GonNa go. So much of the conversation around Amazon really felt like it was individuals sellers being wronged for reasons of Amazon being unresponsive or stealing. It's data. So I don't know it didn't. It didn't seem like a really big focus of the hearing, but it is a huge deal. Yeah. The, digital marketplace frame of this, which is where we have talked to. Cellini. That's where he's going right like facebook and Google very digital. They have like they don't do physical goods. Really. Apple is the APP store. It's all digital goods. Amazon is the one where it's. Front to a lot of physical things, and that is the only place where I can see this regulation needing to make some sort of like major meaningful distinction in I. Didn't see it in the hearing, but I was curious of you caught a glimmer of it. I'm not positive that they have to make a huge distinction there like depending on what they come up with because. So much of this is about their companies and whatever product they produced. The issue is more or less whether or not they're being surveilled and unfairly by targeted and crushed by that data surveillance. All right. We have gone for forty minutes. We should take a quick break. I said I wasn't going to go by company and it happens. So we should come back and talk with facebook Ango. We'll be right back. This is advertiser content. When I say utopia what comes to mind. Birds Chirping lush natural beauty dialed up and vibrant technicolor. Is it within reach. Your world world. World. explained. You are an essential part of the perfect social body. Every Body Matt Place. Everybody happy now while the peacock original series, brave new world takes place in a scientific futuristic utopia. A concept is nothing new Sir Thomas more. I introduced the theory five hundred years ago. 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These are really difficult crazy stressful times, and if you're trying to sort of cope, it could be helpful to find something that gets beyond like doom scrolling and like obsessive worried. But digs into what is really going on underneath the surface, and that's what the weeds is all about I. Matthew Yglesias. Weeds podcast here on the box meeting podcast network. This is podcast for people who really want to understand the policy debates and policy issues that shaping our world. We've seen now more than ever like how relevant policy is to our actual lives, but so much in the news isn't focused on really understanding and explaining detail way if that sounds good to you, join us for the weeds, every Tuesday and Friday to find out what's going on why matters and what we can do about it. You could download the weeds on apple spotify or wherever else you get your podcasts. Tracy. When it comes to facebook I turn to you. FACEBOOK is patience consumer of startups as what we've learned. Yeah. But you said something to me yesterday was interesting, which is everyone else's problems are forward looking and it feels like facebook's problems are actually in the past break for people explain what you mean. Yeah. So when Congress is looking at any trust with respect to these four companies for three of them, it's It's sort of about the marketplaces that their operating right now with facebook, the question is much more about should we have allowed it to buy serum? Should we have allowed it to buy WHATSAPP and most of the antitrust conversation that was around facebook yesterday was all about that. What did Mark Zuckerberg know about Instagram, and when did he know it? We wrote a story based on some documents that the house released yesterday. In which facebook has clearly identified instagram as a competitor. In at least some ways and wants to go after it and knock it off the table, and so that's kind of where the focuses their facebook and Burke did get a lot of other questions yesterday, but it tended to be much more about content moderation and things that don't have a lot to do with antitrust. So there was weird section where they asked the face. Face Research APP in the novel, Vpn? Any kind of got lost well, explain what happened and I'm curious reactions. Yeah. So facebook has a bunch of nifty tech tools to figure out what's trending which APPs or the kids using, and so that can essentially have an early warning system if it needs to consider acquiring something or more likely in these days, go out clone it. and. So Zuckerberg was asked about the way that the company uses these systems and if they are anti competitive I, think you know traditional antitrust law probably would not say copying an APP feature is anti competitive, but could lobby written in the future about it shirt I. Think the one that caught me was I mean, this is what I'm. McKenna's points from earlier is like one of the themes here is, are you so dominant that you can collect data that's unfair and then use that to crush or killer competitors, and definitely bought the Inaba VPN to do it. That's true. Now, when I've asked executives at facebook about this, what they'll say is they don't get surprised anymore. When you have three point, one billion people using your apps around the world. You know what links they're sharing, you know what they're talking about. And so you're not going to need some kind of specialized tool to know that WHATSAPP is really taking off. Right. So they would argue that, yes, these tools were useful to them, but you know at their scale, they know what's popular now, which doesn't really seem like addresses, the problem is reached. The fact that we're so big that we're all knowing is maybe not the defense that they sometimes presented as so here's what I didn't get. I thought, Zuckerberg I want to the instagram. What's about who's issues, but on the facebook research front, the data front, they him about this APP facebook research, which you were giving to teens. They were deploying with an enterprise certificate that story broke apple revoke the certificate, and all of facebook's internal APPs went dark, and this is a scandal story after story about it, they went on for two days. So I can I, don't recall that APP? Just how he you know, he remembers the day that all facebook's internal APPS went down and people couldn't go to the cafeteria. I would agree I found that answer. Extremely, ed? Persuasive. that. Do you think that was like actually strategic for him to be like, I, don't know and then come back later and correct the record I do remember when that happened I. Mean. I really don't know I mean also you know during a six hour hearing, it's also possible that you just you get flustered or you miss here something or or something because. Yeah. As as you say, I'm sure he remembers the day that apple turned off their internal APPS I mean. Honestly. Seems like an opportunity to talk about apple's market power, and the fact that you know a day of work canceled at facebook because apple got mad. But I think most of the CEO's didn't go into yesterday a wanted to pick fights with each other. It was kind of sad that they didn't. I was Kinda hoping that Tim Cook take a shot at soccer burger. Point that the other two APP platforms I was expecting it. It was there. It was. There was all there. So cellini ended and he ended the whole meeting with closing statement. He said, some of these companies didn't get broken out. They all need to get regulated in the off too much power that some of them I. don't these breaking up apple. What sort of break. Right like. The division get sent into the corner thing about what it's done. Right. Does should spin out the finder team I've always wanted to. A clean is always that they want to. They want the APP store to be separate from the IPHONE. Basically, that's the thing I always hear. Can't break I. Think you can write some strong regulations but not playing you're on store, right. But like Elizabeth Warren's point was it's cleaner if it's two companies, but it's still a gigantic remedy that I don't think there's a lot of like like consumer or public opinion is going to walk into an Apple Cup I think you'll radio at marketplace. It seems very clear that we says some of them she broken up he is talking about facebook. I have a twenty percent conference level. He might be talking with Google and Youtube as well. But if he's going to say some of the need to get broken up like it's facebook, did you hear anything yesterday that supported that conclusion or Saudi stocks I? MEAN HE I don't remember which Republican it was, but he was like the Obama FTC looked at this and they said it was minding love. Obama. Right. Like. Why would we go back in time to relook at I? Mean, there is a belief and I mean. Somebody who thinks there could be a lot of benefit in instagram and WHATSAPP being different companies from facebook. And the reason you ask. So many questions about that acquisition as you're making the case that it never should have been approved in the first place, and so now you need to remedy it. So that was actually like the entire thrust of the argument against facebook yesterday. I think, you could probably make just as good a case that Amazon after spin out aws, but lawmakers chose not to make that case. Yeah. I think that also gets into. Politics of the acquisition of the time. To his credit is like nobody knew instagram would actually be a success like we made it a success. It didn't happen by itself. I, don't know if the lawmakers. By award, these guys said, but I don't know that he actually made that case very persuasively. and. Who knows I mean? That's like anything could have happened. Right? Cram could've stayed independent and rapidly grown and overtaken facebook like that's something that could have happened. It could have kind settled into a middle zone like snapchat or twitter seems more likely to me although I think probably would have been bigger than those two but. You're never going to know I mean it is true that facebook gave Mike and Kevin it instagram enormous resources. A lot of the reasons why Mike and Kevin sold was because running tiny startup that's blowing up is absolutely exhausting Mike. Krieger. was dragging his laptop all around San. Francisco. Because the servers were melting at all times of the day whenever Justin Bieber. Posted like the site stopped working and they really we need help. Finding a person who can quickly fix this? So we don't have to like that is the reason that they were entertaining these offers and wanted to sell it. So that is also thing that happened. Do you think that that same kind of argument or approach can apply to what's up? What's up basically did not come up yesterday and all the focus on Instagram, but that's the other one, right? Yeah, and we know weirdly a lot less about that acquisition I. Think it's because people in America just have so much less love for what's APP generally. That, it's never seemed as important. What happened to WHATSAPP as what happens to instagram even though WHATSAPP, is used, you know way more, it probably has way more engagement even than instagram does so I don't know why that didn't come up as often. We know there was a competitive bidding war for that as well. Goule. Wanted it as well. You know Mark Zuckerberg made them an offer, they can't refuse. Do you think everyday Google's we should've spent more money on what's whatsapp like this could have been solved. Should have, but Google has been placed under an ancient curse that prevents them from ever making the right decision about any social product. So it was doomed never to happen. It's fun looking through the documents and watching them casually say they should buy facebook dot com. Yeah, that. Point. That is how they talk like the window into these executives just casually being like we should just this thing or maybe not, or we should just copied ourselves and kill it before it gets any traction like it's repeated over and over again last facebook question. This one is like harder to parse because I. There's a chance, it's October is just joking around but. But. He's in many of these emails. He's like the thing about startups, as you can always buy them, which I think the committee thinks is a smoking gun, right? Like facebook's entire plan is to buy the competition to get the data from wherever they get it to say, oh, man, this apps popping, we just buy it and kill it before it competes with us. I. Think he actually said at one point. That's a joke. Yes, he did and I believe that you know it was two thousand, twelve, right? He was probably still in his mid twenties. At that point, the company was a lot smaller like people were joking around like there's more loose talk when companies are younger and I do think. It was it was part of that. I think the more interesting question becomes. Let's say facebook is telling the truth about everything. Let's say they thought it was going to be a successful acquisition, but they never knew it was gonna big as it became today and they invested in it and it got super big. Okay. Well, now, it's as big as it is. Should they be allowed to keep? Keep it or should they be forced to spend it out and if you're GONNA force them to spin it out. What's the argument that you'RE GONNA. Make about why one question that I have a lot is clearly the referral they're gonNa make, and it seems like if you don't have some other reason, we've heard hints that there's some other reason, the FTC scrutinize this that will eventually be revealed. But what you're saying is the antitrust standard at the time, the Consumer Hartman stand, which is still our standard. Says, you have to prove prices will go up both products for free. You're screwed. Right? There's nothing to review because you're not gonNA prove prove that free products are gonNA get more expensive. I think it's pretty unfair if you change the standard and you go back in time and say you missed that standard. So I think there has to be something else there. Well, what was the standard by which at and T. was broken up? Right? Like presumably at and T. didn't used to be that big, and then it just got really big and then they broke it up at least. That's the thumbnail understanding I have of that break-up. Well, yeah. But then reformed itself. Right. But because of lax antitrust regulation, right? Like it wasn't a naturally occurring phenomenon that all those APPS got back to the other or was that just sort of like inattention to capitalism It's like in the seventies and eighties. This is Tim moves book the cursive bigness in the seventies and eighties Robert Bork I can't talk about Robert on this podcast. Are we doing this right now. Robert was very influential judge Appellate Judge Federal Appellate? Judge. And basically moved the antitrust law to the consumer harm standard as part of a movement called and economics. A whole thing Robert. Bork. Mostly famous because he was not appointed. He was nominated Supreme Court by Reagan but they leaked video tape rental history, and then he didn't get nominated and that is where the expression getting bork's comes from. This is all true Netflix's still has to abide by videotape data privacy act is a whole. This is all true when facebook and Netflix had some partners, Nansen? Partnership. To. Automatically share your net flicks, watch history to facebook. They're like pending the change of this law which we are working on Robert Bork. He haunts us all. I'm sorry, I can't believe this much. Yeah I. think that's just like the law changed in the in the seventies and eighties, the standard change. The conversation right now is a very much about changing it back months and months ago, pre pandemic, we had an economist from I. Think it was Nyu Thomas Philippon came on the show, and he was like look you have this natural ab test going on in the world where the European Union when it formed was like, how do we get an economy like America's? So, we'll just take their competition policies pretty good, and at the same time we changed consumer harm standard. So everything you're seeing the EU is basically our old competition antitrust standard in. You can see how active they are in everything. Here's a new consumer welfare standard. Whether you believe, this is actually a functional Ab test given. The state of both governments is up for debate, but that was his point I thought. It was spare can say.
Washington vs. Big Tech: Taking on the Trillion-Dollar Club
"Lawmakers came out swinging yesterday against Amazon Apple, Alphabet and facebook at an historic antitrust hearing held with CEOS, Jeff bezos, Tim Cook Sundar Pichai, and Mark Zuckerberg. Over remote Webcam, you swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that the testimony you out to give his show incorrect. The Best of your knowledge information and belief. So help you God. Yes. Let the record, show the witnesses answered informative. Thank you, and you may remain seated members of the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee used charged language like too much power, Anti Competitive Acquisition and emperors as they aired their concerns about those four giant platforms. Here's the subcommittee chairman. Democrat, Peterson, Selene, a Rhode Island, our founders would not bow before king, nor should we bow before the emperor's of the online economy and ranking member? Wisconsin's Jensen. Brenner. Pointing out. Political concerns about size does big tech have a bias serves our consumers to? The need the protection of the antitrust laws. Both sides of the aisle had their opportunity to highlight this core conflict between Washington and Silicon Valley that antitrust enforcement can fix whatever is challenging or concerning about big tech. The CEO's for their part. Say We haven't squashed the competition. Here's Pichai Cook and Zuckerberg competition drives US team. needs to better products, Noah choices and more choices for every customers have a lot of choices in their products space fierce competition companies like Samsung, G. while way in Google has built successful businesses with different approaches. We okay with that. Our goal is the best, not the most I recognize that there are concerns about the size and power of tech companies. Now, we're services are about connection. Our business model is advertising and we face intense competition in both Amazon's ECOMMERCE dominance sparked a few intense moments after CEO Jeff bezos. The richest man in the world with a personal fortune of about one hundred and eighty billion dollars didn't get a question until nearly two hours into the hearing apparently due to a tech glitch. But then the pressure was on basis was asked about undercutting diapers, dot com before buying it Amazon's counterfeit problem whether Alexa favors Amazon's own products, many times. He didn't have the answer I. Don't remember that at all. I remember is that we we we'd match competitive. I believe we follow diapers cog, and this is eleven years ago I. Think we do is offer to get you information if you. Get it to your office for you read that article, but I didn't remember that piece of that I apologize for that I don't know the specifics of that situation, and I would be happy to give back to your office with more information about that. These questions for Basil's and Amazon strike at the heart of the antitrust that had been building for years as these four companies that we use every day every single day grow and grow larger with a combined market. Market cap of about five trillion dollars. If they were their own stock exchange, they'd be the fourth largest in the world. Here's vice chair. Joanna goose to facebook's mark. Zuckerberg strikes me over the course of the last several years. FACEBOOK has used. It's market power to either purchase or replicate the competition and facebook facebook. MESSENGER WHATSAPP instagram are the most now downloaded APPs of the last decade your company. Sir, owns them all and we have a word for that words monopoly. My Take Away I. Don't know I. Don't know if you guys watched I thought some of it was fascinating. A couple of questions, not not a lot of great questions thought. There's a lot of some good answers, some not good answers, but I didn't think that there was a major takeaway that all of a sudden. You know Washington was Gonna come down hard on these companies and there was evidence that was presented. That was gonna GonNa, create that challenge. I thought the most challenging piece of of news out there. But I think we've seen it before was instagram and facebook in some of the emails back and forth. Did you ever use this very similar facebook camera product to threaten instagram's founder Kevin side-stream? Congresswoman I'm I'm not sure what you mean by threatened I. Think it was public that we were building a camera up at the at the time in a chat. You told, MR, science that facebook was quote developing our own photos strategy. So how we engage now, we'll also determine how much were partners versus competitors down the line instagram's founders seem to think that was a threat he confided confided in an investor at the time that he feared you would go. That you would go into quote destroy mode if he didn't sell instagram to you, one of respectfully disagree with the characterization. Really dug into the emails and didn't take them out of context I. Thought, you'd have a hard case to make. Yeah, I, mean. I thought on on the point with facebook is easy Riley points to the quite a few different lawmakers went off the Mark Zuckerberg on on the topic of their competition practices whether he considered some of those companies they've taken over I, walk up and Instagram as competitors at that point which knowledge that they had been, which kind of course, a bit of a stir. Has Been Engaged in purchasing competition I, in some cases, replicating competition in some cases eliminating your competition, would that be a fair statement? The space of people connecting with other people is a very large space and I would agree that there were different approaches we took to to addressing different parts of of that space, but it's all in service of building the best services. Likewise said that they had tried to copy some of the particular tools that other rivals whether they bought them or not use including. Of course, the stories feature snap, which I thought was quite interesting, but Geo Point, Andrew as to whether we we conclude from yesterday that significant action from no makers is imminent. Even if we go to a sweep at the next election, the market didn't take that conclusion on those times. Talks hit session highs during the hearing, but the interesting dichotomy which goes to the question. Of, how much we managed to watch I watched as much as I could apart from when fed chair Jay Powell speaking and I watch that instead, and you had one side of Washington of goes up pressuring these tech stocks. The other part saying that we're hit as long as it takes, we're not even thinking about thinking about thinking about raising rates and not allowed old. Not just the textbooks. And close at a pretty strong session yesterday can I? Can I just ask whoever buys a company? That's not a competitor I mean. News the idea that you would buy a competitor when. Merger has ever taken place among a company that does an entirely different area that you wouldn't consider a competitor. Watching. This yesterday was complete theater just like it often is with the these congressional hearings. At. The beginning, they were asking questions and not even letting them answer. So this was really about giving Congress people their time to have their six minutes to talk and to go through with some of these things, I didn't feel like learned a lot under yesterday. I couldn't take my eyes off it when I was watching it, but it was theater. Classic, you'll take the time comments from lawmakers when they get me on. So they wanted to I, totally agree on that, but I would say compared to say twenty eighteen when Mark Zuckerberg had to go to face, they'll make on his own. Better prepared than they had even if it was then making arguments rather than letting. The answer, their questions, they made better arguments. They brought up more pertinent facts whether that was is Amazon. Abusing small sellers on this. Platform. In two, thousand, thirteen, it was reported that you instructed Amazon employees to approach discussions with certain business partners, and I quote the way a Cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle is the gazelle projects still in place and as Amazon pursue similar predatory campaigns in other parts of its business. I cannot. comment on that because I don't remember it. Is. Apple misusing the margins, it takes on on the APP store. Apple from increasing its commission to fifty percents we serve. We have never increase commissions in the store since the first day at operated in two thousand eight. From doing so is it? No, Sir I disagree strongly with that, there is a competition for developers just like there's a competition for customers. So I think they were getting it the crux of some of the issues. But as we I think all concluding I, it didn't spell imminent danger for the tech stocks just because of that air. Just one note though on the competitor. Comment there or issue that you were just discussing Becky, which is an interesting one. We often talk on the show about how being a monopoly unto. itself is not illegal, and you just commented that you can't buy from everybody wants to buy competitor. Interestingly, if you're deemed a monopoly which is not illegal, but you have that market power, it actually is illegal to buy a competitor, and so if you really go back and read mark, Brooks emails even. Even about the instagram transaction, he actually even doubled back on one of his emails because I. Think he realized that given the power that having that industry depending on how you define it that he had to rewrite the email later to suggest no, I'm not trying to do this. He was by the way thinking about this, even to two, thousand, ten, you can. Almost, if you look through emails, you can sort of see how tracking in his mind. The Way He's thinking about it. So yes, everybody always wants to buy. But Inter stands at the size and scale that these companies are. Now, it's very hard to do that actually. Hit His. Answer. was that the FTC had all the same information that they had at that point in the FTC Peruta
Use Cases for Alexa Lists
"Today I want to follow up on a couple of flash briefings. I've done recently talking about lists and I've recently rediscovered lists says you may know and I love them and when? Somebody heard the recent flash briefing that lists they posted something on facebook group, and I just WanNa share this because I think it's such a great tip, and it's a great use case of how it is making somebody's life a little bit easier, so here's the here's the posts from a charity, g., H., or the loss initials and. She said this since the coronavirus hit. My husband does all the shopping. And sometimes in the van with the kids when he runs into the store to get the stuff, we discovered that since we use the same lexi account I can be in the van adding things to the list as they come to mind, and he's in the store, getting real time updates on the list on his phone and then checking them off. I can watch check off the stuff as he puts him in the cart from my phone, and it gives me an idea how much more time he has left in the store. It super convenient. Of course people could be doing this from their home as their spouses running around doing errands, getting gas, picking up dry cleaning, et Cetera, and of course you can start this list with your voice, so this is a great great use case and thank you for sharing his charity I think it's fantastic it's. It's just a really concrete way that this voice technology can help us and make our lives a little bit easier. If anybody else has any great use cases like this. Please post them in the facebook group. Let me know because I'd love to highlight those as well. It's wonderful to be able to share the way you guys. The community northern are using the
Mark Tucker - Top Takeaway from Alexa Live 2020
"One German please I. Think I know what it's going to be but go ahead? Alexa conversations now I've just okay. I, wish so desert some data. So Alexa conversations a whole other thing. Yeah, we'll have. Six on my list, sorry. Number one is quick links and asked him task. Links so like we said before. You can start a skill by just saying the invocation name, or now an I. And launch it or you can go right into a specific intent by giving it more detail. That's exactly what quick links are quick links launches the APP. You can use that today. No additional work needed for anything. You just construct a url that you include what your skill ideas and it's got slashed launch on the end, and you can post that wherever you can have it in your. Social media you can have an L.. Yup your help documentation on your website wherever you want somebody to launch your skill from then just include that link and what happens is when you click on the link than it redirects you to a an intermediate page now if you if you're not logged onto your Amazon account, that's that's associated with. Alexa and you're GONNA get a log on Amazon. dialogue, so you can enter your user ID and Password, but then on this page it gives you a little header at the top that shows you. The name of the skill is skill icon. It's rating a little information about it, and then it finds the. Device devices that are connected that you own associated with that account and you've got a button for each one of those or Or Button to send a notification to all of your Alexa, devices and so you just have one of those buttons and next thing you know that devices talking to you saying. Do you WANNA start? This experience the specific skill on on this device, and it starts to run in your off just as if you were to have said Alexa open whatever your skill rotation name is. Yeah. I actually think this is a humongous deal for at the whole Alexa ecosystem. This would have been my number one to if I was power ranking him because I think that we've heard so much discussion around discover ability end. Just this dilemma that you know. How do you ever remember the invocation for ten twenty thirty? This idea where you're going to have this ever increasing amount, you don't have the skew more fic- interface like you have with you know the mobile web and you have your APPs and all that. So you don't have these reminders of what APP means what all this? You gotta just remember it and I think this is massive for two reasons. The first is the ability for marketers to. Effectively cross-channel market their skill I think is just a total game changer from a marketing standpoint. Because now you can think of Ho campaigns that the whole purpose is to grow the. Skill user base insight. You have a social media campaign. You have digital marketing. Google's Google ads banner images are websites I can just see this becoming something where you know this is something we'll see a lot of where you get people to enable the skill I. think that's the big thing. Because again it goes back to what you were just saying about number two being the referrals if it is something where it is kind of like it's a system. That's really largely dependent on what you've already enabled, but you can't necessarily remember it, but you know you have that movie skill that you enabled. Enabled through the you know you have the fandango skill or whatever that might be but you know it's slipping your mind of how you invoke that, so then you can use this generic term and say hey launched my movie skill in. It's like okay. I know that that's Fandango in the reason that you were even enabling that in the first place was because of this really effective marketing campaign so I think that this is a massive development for the third party ecosystem because I think now. It solves a major problem where it's like. How do you get people to a get signed up so that you can open the skill without having to enable it and then be i. think it gives them the opportunity. If this whole referral network kind of becomes something where it's dependent on these suggested kind of. You know affiliated searches. At No, I. I think you say there's a lot. In there that just rings true. Because how do you get somebody in the skill? For the very first time, right, you might run an ad campaign. That's got a great graphic. You know. Maybe it's Kung, Fu, panda, and you've got the new country panda skill, and you just say Alexa Open comes panda. seems simple enough but sometimes people just want tap it's there's that extra security of just tap this thing and I follow through the steps, and Oh, now I'm here. You know it's. There are multiple steps. Could you do your one to happen and you might have to log in, and you have the tap which device you want to go to, and then you start getting the the voice interaction. But, for for new users especially that are new to this idea of skills and want to be out there. Hand held a little bit more. It's kind of scary just to say something and. See if it works or not but to build a third USTA. Tapping people are used to touching a button I can't even see. This is something that occurred to me is now. What if I were to take? One of the quick links and Dan saved at as an idea on my mobile phone so I'm I'm already in there and I got some sort of an APP and I just wanted to tap that. And then also it's It's going to allow me to open that up on another device so. It's There's lots of different things that you can do with that so I just love the idea of quick links and lots of different things going on
Amazon's redesigned Alexa app puts your most-used features up front
"Now Amazon is launching a brand new Alexa APP company says the update will put your most used features front and center on the changes Amazons moving the elects a button from the bottom to the top of the APP to make it easier to find. The redesigned Alexa APP is being rolled out for iPhones, android phones and tablets. Including its own fire tablet. Sam's not expects this to be available by late
Big Sky with Dr. Steven Arkonovich
"I'm Steven, Arcana Bitch and I think most people know me as the developer of the big sky weather skill. But I have lots of other skills that nobody cares about, but that's fine I know resentment just. Out there how heels avid, altogether, it'd be idea. I have like six seven eight. I took some off like some of the really early ones because they just couldn't handle them, they were so. Atrocious okay, took them away from the market, but there's still a bunch of them out there all right we'll get. We'll get to that. What's your story so? I'm really I'm a philosophy professor. At Reed College in Portland Oregon and I do Alexa skill development on the side. So I'm of the, Alexa. Champions Program. I am are the bixby premier developers program, so you can get big sky on Bixby as well. That's the that's. That's what I do. So you know what questions coming next. How does a philosophy professor? Get into Amazon Alexa envoys technology. Right, then is the president well. I think it was A. Combination of a sabbatical where I really was trying to put off doing the research project I was supposed to do. together with a injury to my Achilles tendon that had me like boot and sitting in a chair for a long time. So those two things together made me like cast around or. Something else to do what I should be doing. and. I got an Alexa device early on, and I thought it was super cool. And I just started wanting to around with it and have a do things that it wasn't capable of doing at the time like play music through my stereo or even turn on and off the lights. It wasn't I don't think it was capable of doing that at the time so with IQ lights, so that's got into it. So what was your first device? Then because it's a this is a while ago, then was it like the big? The big tall cylinder. All, black cylinder. Gotcha Gotcha so. As, a philosophy, professor and skill developer. Those are somewhat somewhat different skill sets. Have you coded before? How did you get into that? Or what's the story there? Yeah, no I didn't I hadn't coded before. There are a little bit more similar than people think. They are just because the kind of law, Sophy I. DO is a little bit more technical. So you know it involves some formal logic, and so you know working in a formal logic and working in programming languages. You know they're not worlds apart. So that was helpful. and. No, I just got started because I've told the story before there was I wanted integration to my music server software I want to be able to tell Alexa play. A certain album was earned song that I had. I don't exactly remember. How would I got hooked up with? A an actual developer was doing some early Alexa stuff. And he's and he wrote some like really basic code to do that. Which I actually paid him for, but then I looked, and I looked at that code and thought well. That's cool, but I'm not paying you. You know that again to fix the. I'm sure I can figure out how to modify this, and that's just how it started like once I win started down that rabbit hole. I just couldn't stop
Amazon's redesigned Alexa app puts your most-used features up front
"Amazon is launching a brand new Alexa APP, the company said today, The update will put your most used features front and center. Among the changes. Amazon is moving the elects a button from the bottom to the top of the APP to make it easier to find, and the company says the redesigned Alexa up is being rolled out for iPhones, android phones and tablets. Including its own fire tablets. Amazon expects it to be available by late August.
What Happened to Voice Assistants?
"What happened to voice assistance. Yeah, exactly how ambient computing didn't become the next big thing. It's plateaued completely. Yeah, that natural conversation thing was supposed to be the future that you can walk in the voice to understand contacts. You could say I want lights on I. Want this done whatever it is. And I get an ice I tore out all my smart speaker. Stuff all again from this stuff is sorry, polly, don't understand. Ask when we where. Where was this photo taken? Sorry I don't understand what you mean understand. You showing a photo that I know has. I understand if I had access to the file. You, know I it's crazy. Did they give up what happened? There I mean. Amazon has had a bunch of pieces of news lately about ways to make Alexa more intelligent until. Let dive deeper into third party. APPS so they're certainly still at work. By the way that's a great example of a company that does do a lot of research that is aimed at bringing products to market, not just aimed at least three. Yeah Very. Motto some guys for Microsoft and Microsoft and ticket out future damage the sample. Perfect, example, that's what happens now. Is The people move? The engineers say well. You know it's a very fluid job market. I'm GonNa go where somebody who appreciates what I just thought of. Yeah, that's interesting
4 Cincinnati Reds players, including Joey Votto, take knee during national anthem
"Reds players Joey Votto, Amir Garrett, Philip Bourbon and Alexa Blandino took a knee during the national anthem prior to the Tuesday exhibition game. The one player that received most of the media coverage nationally with Joey Votto because he's the face of the franchise. The players lined up alongside the first base line in an empty stadium. Urban Votto Garrett Blandino. Mike Moose tacos to put his left hand on urban shoulder. Cody Reed put his hand on Garrett Shoulder and Sal Romano put his hand on Blandino is back, and the manager David Bell is a very good man. Still, alongside the players took any Right next to Blandino. And after the game and a postgame Ah, little get together, David Bell said. Quote. This is a group of players, coaches and staff that are extremely respectful in their constant looking to do the right thing. I know the situation is personal. It's emotional for all of us. I wanted them to know that they had my support. And several players Votto Garrett Urban Moustakas have worn black lives matter shirts during the workouts in preseason camp and Garrett and Urban or the team's only African American players.
Alexa can now open iOS and Android apps
"Alexa is going to be able to launch APPs on android and IOS which seems like a huge. It's weird to me. The took them this long to get here. So what? This is deep linking, so you can link to like when you click on. The notification on a tweet goes directly to the tweet in theory and right now it's broken on the iphone because everything is terrible, but Alexa hasn't. Hasn't been able to just send you directly into like the third screen on an APP, or something, because it didn't just support deep linking so they they turn that on the question is who's asking for it and how much useful to get because right now if you want to, you can make an android phones and android phone or set up an android phone where Alexa is your primary digital assistant instead of Google do. But, nobody does at best. It's like they're on the side next to it. Because Google forces other oems to you know, play ball, but if they are able to I don't know, throw much. Developers increase the functionality and interoperability with other APPS. It could in theory maybe make it a viable competitor to at least Google Assistant. You know as far as Syria competing with Syria. I mean one you can't 'cause. Apple controls the platform and to the Siri need competition I mean, let's.
Bruce Rasa - AgVoice: Voice Tech for the Farm
"Fascinating space because it seems, everyone is interested in voice. Everyone's willing to try and trial. It but we. We really here's got sparked. So about five years ago many people might remember that. Google did a public competition. For. Smart Glasses and they primarily aimed at you. Know vast majority that at the consumer market. But when I saw the device first floor in about it as a possible successor, initially compliment, but possible successor to the smartphone itself. I was really intrigued. At could be A. Very useful very practical everyday hands on tool to help people collect a saying for example in any industrial use case. And I just knew that intuitively because of Mine Akron grown up on the farm, families still farms in total like my a father brother GonNA cousins farm about ten thousand acres in western Missouri. uncles Nance also have an portrait of a forty thousand apple trees. Really Groping really neat, fascinating, rich diverse environment for for agricultural. work in the short versions observe was her hands on intense job, so when hands free tool came along I was interested tried out, so the specific origin story was. Through my name in the ring. In a you know Google did a public competition said. What would you do if you had this device? And I said well, if I had glass I would help. Farmers Growers Connect with consumers and show how their food is grown in a safe and environmentally responsible way so effectively the type of communications platform. To allow the world of agriculture to connect with the world of consumers, which usually has a lot of. Differences are GonNa Misunderstandings and the simple version is I was I was fortunate I was selected. and went through the list of the eight thousand people selected, and only five even mentioned the word agriculture. Got, this, device that has intriguing possibility, it's tested and so I actually I got the device in Los, Angeles I fully can say Missouri, and I went and test it with farmers the next day, so the first place in the world, smart glasses retested in the in the food production sector, anyway at least to general purpose, you know mass device. On Google's device was in western cooler bar. That's so cool, yeah! I think that's super interesting and you mentioned something there. You know hands busy labor intensive like that's where I think that. This is where it really caught. My attention is this. Is this notion that you know you think about that type of job? If you're a grower, you're a farmer more times than not I would imagine that you are doing things that are really. Really preoccupying yourself, but I think that as I've learned a little bit about your product, it really allows for them to continue to do the job that they're doing, but also sort of take care of a lot of different like almost like clerical work right like this is what I did today. These were the amount of bushels of apples that I picked. The right s you know kind of going like one by one and you can do this all on the go and and I. Just think that's so interesting, because clearly as you know, I would imagine that would the type of feedback that you've gotten is like this is a really positive thing because it allows me to do my job just way more efficiently than I had been doing it can. Can you speak a little bit to that idea of like how this tool serves that type of professional? Assure so a couple of examples quicken in that you know toying with the device on my whole goal was to put that. SMART glasses in a lot of people's hands, which I I got to meet with about eight hundred people over the course of a year people were from. Slightly more than twenty different countries got very diverse input and Dave. Two things came out loud and clear was. Screaming need for hands free device. NC exactly what you said was people already with a hands on job, sometimes a full professional job, not just if you will caller, but all of them have an escalating need to capture information as they're doing their job and they don't WanNa stop work doesn't sound like a big deal. Many people saying office, but this this stops ten twenty or thirty percent of their day by today's recordkeeping, which is really not frankly they're usually. They're talented their passion. But the the second thing that came out in their search was the voice recognition absolutely sucked. So these people have specialized dedicated jobs there. People could veterinarians a plant scientists agronomist. Machinery inspectors repair support in a very specific jobs. Basically, they have a very specific vocabulary or dictionary or lexicon. If you will a things they need to do the reports and pretty simple. If you if anyone listening this is tried anything with a general purpose, surface optimize for consumers be Siri. It could be google. Times Alexa Cortana. Usually those things really. Are Not optimized all for specific industrial use case yen. Okay, the second thing is. I'd observe what has happened. Ed Buried very successfully in the healthcare sector. So the quick kind of analogy there is whistling somewhat. Similar idea, but again the healthcare sector just one company alone called nuance. Brilliant job kind of from a distance think last I understood they've about five hundred thousand. Users that are doctors, nurses, health practitioners doing this thing you're talking about to invoice capture against healthcare records, so the big benefit to them is a reduction in this this overwhelming painful. recordkeeping piece so critical mandatory yet 'cause it's a major. Of Major source of overwhelming and burn out for physicians and other people in health care. And the second thing is frankly they're taking their eyes off the patient.
Keep Track of Movies with Alexa Lists
"Six and you can win prizes now. Collectible cards by going to the voice dot com now. Today I want to give you a little tip that I found has been very useful. When people tell me you know, here's a movie, you should watch it. Here's a book you should read, or here's a here's a series on Netflix that I'm watching and I'm sure you've had similar circumstances. That seems to be a hot topic when you're together with friends or family and like Oh. What are you watching these days? Or what are you listening to so? What I found was at somebody recommended a movie to me and I'm typically horrible when it comes to remembering movies when I wanNA watch a movie I can't remember what people told me to watch. So I don't know why earlier but I took out my phone and I the Lexi APP, and then I just said. LEXI. Add this movie to my movie list and I did not have a movie. The so Alexi prompted me okay. You don't have a movie this. Would you like me to create one? I said yes, and the next thing I knew it
Text-to-Speech Wizardry - Niclas Bergstrom, ReadSpeaker
"Our? Our goal is to be the number one platform independent to specialists and what we do apart from developing selling web-based SAS solutions for learning management systems and educational content so forth speech, naming websites bill so develop high-quality custom voices spilled using deep learning methods that you can deploy basic on any hardware aging from embedded systems to high capacity servers, or in our cloud very nice. Okay, so that's the nicest distinct explanation. What kinds of applications do companies use your text to speech voices for then what the main areas you sees them being employed for. I think it's all the traditional industries if I've your call centers of course, but also since we have lots of the small footprint, high-quality Texas beach voice his where quite big in the embedded space as well so for can be anything from assistive technologies, these by people with impairments or Romans, or any non connected device, so that is I think one of how sorry I totally lost here. and. I'm thinking embedded devices, but these are things that help people speak. People have lost the ability to speak. Acceptability, on the web, we're kind of thing. Yes, accessibility for people that struggling with reading a lot of contents on the screen, basically so they can have help. Basically having their content read outs online directly into learning management systems or directly in the educational content again. Yeah, and then what we have seen of course in the last year of course, an explosion of a requests coming from burs, kinds of dialogue system so voice interaction platforms, virtual assistant, smart speakers, and that is why we started to focus quite a lot on streamlining our process to develop custom voices interesting, okay. Okay so this whether the businesses picking up on this speak aside then what kind of applications what kind of things that people actually using these custom voices for? Why would people choose to use a accustomed voice on a voice application as opposed to just the standard Alexa voice for instance with the Google voice well, I think there are a few different reasons I mean one is that if you have your own voice, your branded voice that are sort of well aligned with your your brand values and sort of its sounds like the company that you want to sound. Like. A, logo type basically so or graphical to sign that you use for your company voice is equally powerful in the voice space, because if if all the information and applications from older brands for example, not one of the popular platforms assistance platforms, if they all sound the same, so of course quite difficult to distinguish one brand for from an utter I think in the brandon voices like with lower types and. And stuff there are certain brand values that you can communicate to get war. Yeah, it's truly the what you're saying to convey the values of your brand to be more memorable. I guess as well so people recognize your brand through the sounders in addition to the visual kind of branding the everyone's today, not make sense you see. Guys produce high-quality text to speech voices using deep learning models to older. Older is that right? These are unique voices. You make for each company. Is that right? Yeah, yeah, correct I, mean we do have Jerem ninety different voices of the shelf to has more in a thirty five different languages currently. We're used to grow that quite a bit this year, but really even though if you can, you can tweak the existing voices have slightly different character and so forth but many. Many customers do want to have their. You know they have specific requirements on what their voice. Their corporate voice sort of should sound like some customers even have their voice talents. If they are currently using for can be in the VR system can be four different touch points like a radio commercials for TV commercials, so it's it's a voice that when you hear it. You immediately associated with this brand. On the the sort of sonic branding part, some the have very strong preference of having a specific sort of language, obviously gender age should be like very formal sound should be more like a young hip sound or How does your brand sound I mean that is the important question and that is identified is about scouting the right speaker that fits well with those requirements and basically start to produce a custom tedious voice.
"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..
"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
"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..
"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.
"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
"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..
"alexa" Discussed on Alexa in Canada
"Am pleased to offer you a recourse called Flash briefing formula. Which is the course that you need if you want to create your very own flash briefing? Go through everything that you need to know everything that you need need to do to get your flash briefing up and running and get it into the airwaves so that you can share your message with your own community now. I WanNa take a moment like I said and first of all I wanNA thank you because without you. The listener the supporter of the X.. In Candida community and brand. This wouldn't be here. None of this would be here if it wasn't for you and so the very first thing I need to do I must do is thank you from from the bottom of my heart for being a supporter for listen to the podcast for listening to the flash briefing for visiting the website and supporting this. Even if it's just sending the occasional tweet to me and saying hey I heard that episode and I enjoyed that one or you know what hates area. I heard that episode and I didn't really like that one and here's how you can make it better. I appreciate all the feedback and I wanNA thank you each and every single one of you for your support throughout two thousand nineteen again. This wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you. So thank you so much and it's it's that type of community involvement that keeps me going and is going to keep me going strong into twenty twenty. We've got lots of stuff planned for that as well and I'm going to touch on that in just a few minutes to those in one thousand nine. Let's talk about a few of the highlights so Alexa in Canada. Yes we have been busy with the podcast. This podcast was here. You're on a weekly basis for the entire year. I the opportunity to interview lots of really great and interesting thought leaders throughout the year. If you missed it last week's podcast interview and you can access that one at A. L. E. X. in Canada dot ca slash one. Oh six I did a quick rundown of of the top ten podcast of the year based on the number of times it was downloaded. So these are the most popular. Listen to podcasts. In two thousand nineteen eighteen and some of them are actually some of my original podcasts but yet they are still extremely popular in particular. The setup guide so if you if you're new to the the Alexa ecosystem system and you're wondering how to set it up. They encourage you to check that out and actually even more specifically you can simply go to Al a in Canada dot ca slash setup. And there you will see a complete guide to how to do that so as well in addition to doing the top. Ten countdown for the top. PODCASTS also I also just recently did the top ten Amazon Alexa skills that are available in Canada. And so if you want want to hear that then you go back to episode one. Oh One and for that you can simply go to Al a in Canada dot ca slash. One a one so the podcast has been going strong and there is no plan to change that at all going into twenty twenty. Let's talk about the flash briefing voice in Canada voice. In Canada it has now been running a consecutive six hundred eighty one days. I am so pleased that you continue to tune in Dan. I'm getting lots of great feedback. Thanks to you and again. Here's a big big. Thank you thanks you ever. Since I launched this now almost two years ago it has been the number one rated flash briefing and number one rated new skill in Canada and that means the world to me. I can't thank you enough for that. All the reviews have have really made it. What it is we went over? We reached the one hundred review milestone on the Alexi Amazon Alexa skill store. which was quite eh remarkable feat? I'm still very humbled and So honored to have reached that status. If anybody else does want to leave her view then of course is there. I appreciate very much and you can simply go to voice candidate dot CA. And you'll see a button there to view now as part of of this experience with voice in Canada as you may know if you've been following for for a while I launched a gamified flash briefing which really had tremendous results. It's in terms of the engagement of you the listeners. It blew my mind. It was even more than I could have imagined what the concept was. If you don't know is crack the code was a game where you listen to the flash briefing and in the flash briefing. I give you a clue and if you can solve that Kluwer that riddle then you would go to an Amazon. Alexa skill called cracked the code. You would say open crack the code and you would talk to Alexa and you would see if you can figure out what that riddle answer is for that particular day and this went on for two weeks and then if you could collect the different pieces of the final code that Alexa would give you then Then you could enter to win a whole host of prizes and we had a wonderful set of sponsors came on and It was it was a tremendous tremendous success. We had over five hundred. I think it was close to six hundred people a play that game and I had some wonderful back now. Here's the good news about this. Going into twenty twenty on January fifteenth launching from project voice. I am starting version. Two of crack the code crack the code. Twenty me twenty and you're going to have the opportunity to win a huge number of prizes so if you want to check that out and play along you can actually start to see. Some of the information about that on. The website and that website is A. L. E. X. Eighteen candidate dot ca slash crack. The code. Now now as a result of all of this that I've been doing over the last little while I'm really privileged very honored to have been nominated for four awards as well At the project voice event coming up in January they include a voice. Ai Commentator of the year and flash briefing of the year healthcare voice developer of the year and healthcare of voice skill developer of the year and a lot of that has to do with the work that I do with my other brand voice I health and the podcast and obviously these awards would or these nominees of two finalists for these awards would not be there if it weren't for you you the listeners. So again everything that has been accomplished. I owe to you and this you know. I guess that's the running theme here in this podcast is that you'd listeners. Are What make this what it is and and I'm GonNa keep saying that because that is the honest truth the other thing I want to mention is just what has been happening here. In Canada with regards to Amazon itself off again Amazon continues to lead an innovate invoice technology This year we saw a release of a whole bunch of different new ECO. Oh products the echo show Five earlier and then the echo show eight The echo flex the echo dot with clock and the Echo studio so these are all new products and they have been some of the biggest sellers here in the holiday season as well So again Amazon continues to innovate there. There are a couple of products that have been announced in the states that unfortunately we don't have here yet The Echo Ring and the echo buds. Those are the ear buds and then an actual ring that you can wear your finger just experimental product right now. It's not actually bailable only by invitation only and the echo glasses as well and so we will have to see how all those fair in the US when they come out and if they eventually come to Canada there are so many things I mentioned to you about twenty nineteen but I also Wanna I wanNA take a few moments here and just look forward towards twenty twenty and tell you about some of the exciting things that are coming up firstly. I want to tell you that as of January first I there is a special article that has been a picked up by a particular Social media outlet all about my crack the code code game and flash briefings and how to use that in a voice marketing funnel. And if you're interested in that I encourage you to subscribe to the flash briefing voice in Canada because I'm not allowed to mention it just yet who it's with or you know specifically where to access that article But on the Flash Josh briefing. I certainly will be announcing that and I will let you know the other thing is I want to mention that. The flash briefing of course is going to continue strong as I mentioned again The crack the code skill slash game is going to be starting up again on January fifteenth. encourage you to play along and have a chance to win a bunch which of Echo prizes We have prices that are close that are worth close to almost Approximately three thousand dollars last calculation and it may be more depending on. What are the sponsors? There's choose to join US between now and launching of the game. I do have some talks coming up and I will be a sharing lots of content content from these talks particularly at project voice. I'm giving three talks. That will be the week of January twelfth and if you again are subscribed to the Flash briefing. It's the best way. Keep you updated on what's going on and I may even have some live. podcasts being a broadcast from there so again tune in Check the website Alia explained candidate dot. Ca You'll see A live tab at the top when they are going live and I will do my best to keep you updated as best they possibly can so that you can tune in and hear all the great stuff that's going on a project voice. Of course I will be active on twitter. I will be doing my I best to tweet out things on a regular basis so that I can bring you that experience as well as well. The community has grown own community has grown immensely. And if you are not yet part of our community on facebook I encourage you to check it out. You can simply go to do a L. E. X. in Canada dot ca slash community. And you will be able to join in the discussion where we have discussions and answer questions and all kinds of stuff about using Alexa in Canada. The community itself is just about at nineteen hundred people. Nine nine hundred people that are interested in Amazon Lexi and Canada so that is absolutely fantastic. One thing that I am sort of pulling you you the community is about how can refer to you in the podcast I have been using the term AIC nation sporadically in the past. But I wonder if there's something a little bit more I don't know catchier fun interesting so if you have ideas of how I couldn't afford to you some type of team or squad or I don't know something Canadian something that you know means that we're passionate about voice technology and that we are Canadian. That would be amazing. So get in touch with me through the community page or twitter. By the way. My twitter handle is Dr Terry Fisher. T. E. R.. I F. I. S. H. E. R.. Or right now. There's something else that I want to you mentioned to you. And that is that because the brand has been growing so incredibly quickly and it's so strong now. I found that I am needing some help with some of the social media and answering some questions scheduling podcasts interviews. And it give me absolute pleasure to introduce to you. Two key members of the team the first one is a digital marketing getting strategist for Alexa in Canada. He is actually a medical student out of the University of Toronto and he is so passionate about voice technology and also specifically typically healthcare but also voice technology in Canada. His name isn't a ton and you can read all about him on the about page if you go to the website and go to about out team and then you will see him the other person that I want to mention is Lucian Lucian is a freelance film maker. And he has also joined our a team to create some films and video content around Alexa in Canada. So I'm really really pleased to To first of all feature them on my site as valued community members And also to share with you their contact information should did you want to get in touch with them as well. It's available on the website and these are all signs of course at brand is growing and it is absolutely wonderful now. I do have a couple of other surprises. Prizes for twenty twenty. I can't yet mention them but they will become apparent very very soon and I think I'll we're leaving that I'll just say that I do have a lot of things in the works that I am really excited to share with you and they will be come. I think they'll be a lot of fun for you in the next little. Wile please reach out to me. I love getting the feedback. I love hearing from you. Whether it's a question comment concern I will say right here You Know Oh publicly that if it does take me a little while to get back to you. I Apologize Profusely. The the reality is is that as the brand grows and they're for more emails and messages coming into the inbox it becomes Challenging to get back to them all them in a timely manner particularly with my other the responsibilities of my day job as a physician with my family and continuing to create the content that I want to create for the community. So just please understand that when you do semi message I do appreciate it very much and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as I possibly can. But your understanding there is very valued all right. I think I'm going to stop there today. I've given you a quick rundown of everything that's happened over the past year and a little bit about what's going on in the next year and I look forward to bringing you all of these goodies and content and podcasts and flash briefings and the whole bit In the next year I want to wish you and your family the most wonderful happy New Year all the best for twenty.
"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.
"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
"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..
"alexa" Discussed on The Alexa Podcast
"alexa" Discussed on The Alexa Podcast
"Hi, and welcome back to the Alexa podcast for August twenty eighteen. My name's Bradley met Recco CEO of company called score publishing based here in Nashville, Tennessee. My co host on the Alexa podcast is Kevin old Kevin, say Hello? Hey, everyone. Hey Bradley, good to be back. Our guest today is a very special guest. We are very privileged to have on the show by Yukon a Dehnieh who will be joining us at the Alexa conference in January and Chattanooga, the website for that. It's WWW dot voice. I dot FM slash Alexa conference. We will link to that on the show notes Maya say, Hello. Everyone. I am de Nehemiah going very happy to deal with you. Thank you, Brian, five Kovin symbols to you. Thank you. Five by great to have you on the show. Tell tell us about what you have done in creating the first Alexa Mita in the continent of Africa. Share with this, what she did, why you did it and what you're trying to accomplish? Again, I'm out from the from points ovum technology. Now we know allies look at the just making something easier on fussed. Jesse technology, something Meeks on TV faster. Now you much. We've all jobs groom from remember the days, of course, little went to a lab tulips worldwide, web everything. Now the good the face of voice that's future movies. You'll be see people duck into machines into them. Jio executes command. So we are in that age now voiced clergy as thinking what now imagine Africa. Now I forget psychologists, continental world. We have one win to two billion between Africa voice technology as not. In fact as not taking ground in Africa versus energies, everyone US kinda diets in euro. It's everywhere. What's nothing in Africa. Imagine we have one way through billion people in Africa. Now it means I won't win. Two people have not been introduced to faster a new always to do things. So now what's my dry folk written is middle Expos, people in our OB facts, Expos, everyone's the one voice out as tone to mankind. That's a great mission. Great purpose for what you're doing. Share with us a little bit. I know that the folks that voice XP who are good friends of ours. With voice. I f AM were involved in facilitating the meet up share with us a little bit what Bob Stolz in that crew did to help y'all with your meet up. Okay. Okay. Now, you know, Bob, especially as being very, very, very, both of experts in Alexa development. Yet we murdered to be exposed to waste the agenda sue. We actually need experts to Jesse, train of introduce or show small. So Bob was really, really in funding, especially on the okay. What both Mitch was visit websites, mental, those e epilepsy creek group. So my task was to, you know, get put any fights ask, I went for six defending tops, like not convey not Alexa. This, maybe when biz get full six to people about socio. Join the group sharing. This was going to happen. So voice be all those involved in person was really, really, really. So your meet up focuses on Alexa, hurry managing the fact that elect says not currency available. Are you share with us what you're doing? Yeah. Okay. Mice I wasted vigil have gone through from Google stance. When you look at Alexa, you see, you ask, I think seriously, ask Syria by lex should be like while that's legs as lot of stews and you know, like size really some dean, everybody should want to get so. So basically what I've been doing, I've been critics qs obvious. I've won absence us published as fide on them. Damas are Muslims console, just I know Africa fragile for now does bear busy busy things as I fact Alexa avilable in Africa. So what we have for now. Is is no greatest us and pushing it out there. Actually, Alexa is I think, in South Africa and. I think Egypt, I'm not sure about currently in Alexei available. So why we've been Vinnie just shrimp out, use it out to use cues, so so that when it because of who you know, full blown usage and we have major cities are graduates were sent rec- fully Alexa. So of dozen for now this cues on the, it'll d, they undesired Amazon. Alexa icon those game up. So in abused us getting ready for when is really. Yeah, after got Africa's move out. I mean, just on the Alexa as soon. So so generous, be move out. Imagine not Africa is less deceptive on after issue in the mobile to confuse marching Alexa on those body vices. Imagine imagined. Kind of you get what I'm trying to kind of us aid to of skews beauty kind of. In fact, that's what's majorly. Driving that was my mind now. So I'm really, really executives join you United States for the conference to share my beliefs, adults elect second for Africa. Awesome. Yeah. I'm interested here about your interested in your interest in being a part of Alexa. From a development standpoint, do you currently develop for the software or the web at my interest is at least from this last one day about the issued. The problem. I also very system not solve any problems in the chamber useless. Now Africa is. You know, we still developing so lots of issues to fix from l. citizens to security kitchen. So Alexa is a very, very, very versatile, good Minch to tackle these problems. We had. The Bishen speaks to Alexa where the speech Aleixandre activism symptoms l. Alexa AM finished out now let's just maybe you ops. Oh, you to see you guys have been so. Have basically Africa is developing my drive for becoming ago east, you know, to help Africa Bill by the ELD sinks of about security again by Jay Sean talking about different. So that is actually my points from comments, Alexa. So for now, my expression has been. Air fun at the. I obvi- published up just African though something Africa and the other costal. And I also joined the the Alexa, the Alexa Akhavan that's going to be submitted. I think it's close in September. So where you have to submit excuse me, dance elds security or the last. So I'm really working on once was else and security. That is what I've been doing Alexa. Awesome. So it seems like you're you're real goal is just. My next question was gonna be kinda. What market you were you would target with a skill that you focus on. It seems like there's a good chance they develop something for healthcare. Yes. Next question I have. So I run a meet up here in Nashville, Tennessee in the United States and its around a technology used for web development. So I, I welcome you to the meet up organizers club. How talk about your meet up and the first one that you had? How did it go and how many, how many people were there and what Kate us currently, it'll be fastest Alexa in world. I think in sue weeks we made over two hundred members. So according to we have almost six hundred man buzz in my United in Africa, Alexa. So the middle was mutual. July sevens are, we are over two on streets. People are for. So Elden it yet. That was way be. It was actually proposed the old in Lagos butts. Legals is, should I say is is planning to old illegals should be ready because statuary you. You crowd on that. We were not really ready to take that slash amount of crowd magic, two hundred hundred people DP how we could never get also yet movies down. That's buffing doing this. So I'm I was actually good because we add develop, as you know, used, obviously you are interested. So all I did was different mutual. You know, maybe those middle on be HP may be job. I mean, dope Indianapolis going speak, though them. So as good while I was dreaming spreading social media, this is that. So the mental we add ova we almost entre pupil on site that the we I just guys myself on both those big. So I spoke for forced. I think for five minutes involved to give women for he was attorney shot goes away. Note was introductory. So we asked just while gestion than was, you know, you didn't business skills introducing. I am asked the Alexis in kids, brains introduce them to what's Alexa walls. Basically, what voice technology was engineer does the was about. On the above was really up full provided funds to for feeding internet's power. So. Ah, so it was also of we sent down stick as which we, you know, spread out on these ripen to able to get two hundred guys. So we gave out those because on the anyone's really was in fact it was very, very, very, very on the will get what getting positive responses Mitchell. The comb, the website at the, I think the the own as something at the go back to our like where religion good jokes kilo. So I'm into group as being fax. Currently, we have almost six hundred people. You have to drink everyday. Ask me questions. I just advice technology. 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"alexa" Discussed on The Alexa Podcast
"alexa" Discussed on The Alexa Podcast
"Cool. And share with this this right here at the top, what you do for that program and what that program tries to accomplish. Awesome. So I. M. e. Techstars managing director of the program on Techstars is the, we are the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed in one of the ways we do that is through our our accelerators and this program specifically is exceleron or that we run with the on Alexa funded. It's a three months pergram where we work with companies that are in what we kind of you is the seed phase of the startup life cycle. These are all companies that are doing really interesting and novel things in voice and things that are specially relevant to Alexa. And so my job is is to work with Alexa fund to select the companies that I'm hands on day in and day out during the three months of the program working super closely with all those companies in helping shepherd them towards demo day in the nice stay very actively involved with the company's for pretty much as long as they'll have me after the program finishes cool in. So y'all have done your first crop. Of companies right in your moving on in your selecting the second currently? That's correct. We ran the first year program last July through October. We are actually about to kick off this next year's program. This July it will once again run July through October, and you know we are right now in that process of getting everything up in going. You know, you should keep your eye out for us to announce the participants in all that in July when the program begins. Thank you for joining us. We also have joining us Ruggerio Prudencio from the Alexa fund Ruggerio de pronounce that right. You got it right on. Thank you. So share with us a little bit about
"alexa" Discussed on The Alexa Podcast
"Hi, and welcome back to the Alexa podcast episode, ten, this is June twenty eighteen. My name is Bradley metric. I'm CEO of a company called score publishing based here in Nashville, Tennessee. I'm joined by my co host Kevin, Arnold Kevin say Hello. Hello Bradley, Kevin. Nice to be back in the saddle with you. This is fun. Absolutely. This great to be back. Excited to hear what's going on with with our guest today. We've got to pretty special guests, especially given the namesake of this show. We've got obvio- Ginsburg who is the head of the Amazon, Alexis Techstars incubator. AVI I get that right. Not quite Alexa accelerator powered by Techstars. Cool. And share with this this right here at the top, what you do for that program and what that program tries to accomplish. Awesome. So I. M. e. Techstars managing director of the program on Techstars is the, we are the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed in one of the ways we do that is through our our accelerators and this program specifically is exceleron or that we run with the on Alexa funded. It's a three months pergram where we work with companies that are in what we kind of you is the seed phase of the startup life cycle. These are all companies that are doing really interesting and novel things in voice and things that are specially relevant to Alexa. And so my job is is to work with Alexa fund to select the companies that I'm hands on day in and day out during the three months of the program working super closely with all those companies in helping shepherd them towards demo day in the nice stay very actively involved with the company's for pretty much as long as they'll have me after the program finishes cool in. So y'all have done your first crop. Of companies right in your moving on in your selecting the second currently? That's correct. We ran the first year program last July through October. We are actually about to kick off this next year's program. This July it will once again run July through October, and you know we are right now in that process of getting everything up in going. You know, you should keep your eye out for us to announce the participants in all that in July when the program begins. Thank you for joining us. We also have joining us Ruggerio Prudencio from the Alexa fund Ruggerio de pronounce that right. You got it right on. Thank you. So share with us a little bit about what you do for the Alexa fund and what the Alexa fund is. Great. Yes, thanks. Thanks Bradley end in ho, Kevin. The books of fund was formed in twenty fifteen by Amazon as its first venture capital program and to as the name says to tobacco companies that are building. Ding, while supporting companies that are leading the way on building compelling experiences, applications, and even integrating Alexa into their own vices. We back these companies with an s. meant and work with them closely following the investments to make sure that the integrations that they're posing that we found exciting interesting are all successful on on Alexa. So I am one of three team members that focus on recruiting companies, you know, building our deal flow and ultimately making investment decisions. And then we have people on our team that support the companies afterwards in terms of those next points into different and specific teams within the Alexa organization. Rodrigue thank you for joining us as well. It's a pleasure. So want to start by asking y'all in sort of getting from both of bench points your perspective on how you view the six. Success of the program for the first crop of companies. It's not a hard concept understand you got these companies that are going to be doing something with Amazon's Alexa technology. They're going to be working with voice, I parameters and they work with Amazon. They were with the, you know, through the Techstars program and the Alexa funds, right? They're looking to make investments in a strategic way. There's a lot of different ways you could possibly do success of the program share with us in AVI start with you and then Rodrigo go to you share with us how you measure the success of the program and share with us how successful by those metrics, you view the first crop of companies that have come through share hat Hobbiton. I just wanna say how much I appreciate being on a podcast with someone that says, y'all, I live in Pacific northwest, even though I went to enter battling south from wild. I still say y'all all the time. People are like, what are you doing? I feel right at home. I think there's there's a couple ways that we look at it, and I think to take a step back there, you'll things like exceleron reserve are always tricky in that we're looking to do here is is support great companies, and it can take a long time for a company to truly grew into that and come to fruition. Others joke in the investment world that you don't know if you're a good or bad investor for ten years. So you spend the first ten years making decisions, and you really have no idea if you're you're bad, but there's a couple is from the text are aside that new. We came into this program to look at success. And I'd say one of those is is you look at what is the what is the overall reception in the wider voice ecosystem of the companies that we brought into the program. So are they establishing themselves as thought leaders within the space is companies that are having a meaningful impacts? I can think about, you know, companies like. Like a pulse labs, helping power, everything for the user testing side of the world to companies like novel affect, which you know find themselves in the press all the time as a really novel unintended USA, voice voice experience. So it's definitely one angle another that was super important to me specifically was to have those companies find success collaborating with folks inside of the Alexa word, you know. So for them to to really find who were those teams who those stakeholders for them to do something truly unique with Amazon, which again, we saw happened a couple times with the program, so that was a great success. And then I think you know curel from a metric standpoint, we, of course, look at, you know, it takes a long time to know how great is business going to be in terms of the revenue. They're gonna generate customers can have that takes time, but you know, investment is obviously a great attribute it to see, okay. Are there folks externally who believes that there is something super. Citing about what these companies are done. When we look at the successive art pergram verse versus Stoorikhel data, we have you know, far outperformed other programs in terms of the external validation through funding on these companies have gotten. We've had a couple of really exciting than of venture led rounds announced this far, and we have a couple more that will be coming out in the next several months. So you know, with with all that seal, like with my from
"alexa" Discussed on The Alexa Podcast
"Envision or do you think there are holes that are um left and what are those what's left to develop if anything well the biggest missing piece right now is just the the maturity of the text a speech i that again i don't know whether that's something that that everybody envisions the way i the way i envision it i i really want the the the interactive experience to be between the person and that the personality sought that's why i am relying on the texas beach you know amazon is really doing a lot of cool things with that and and cory and i are going back to our skills and were trying to leverage some of the capabilities with the the speech markup language and summit an on the speech cons that amazon has recently brought out that at a lot more dimension to her voice so if we can do that and then he venom find a way to like easily layer the dynamically geno rated texas speech with with sound effects and background music that would be perfect because what we want to do is create a rule storytelling experience but again with alexa or you know the google assistant talking in their own voice from in one of the challenges with being a third party developer with a google assistant as right now they don't even let you utilize the riyal google assistant voice you have to use a different voice and those texttospeech voices are not nearly as good as the the one that you hear it here in if you interact with the you know first first party skills ana google assistant so that's kind of frustrating whereas if you're if you develop for for the alexa platform you can you can leverage the alexa voice as well as all the speech cons and all that kind of thing so that makes it easier to create a better story telling experience so that you know that that muendane type of thing right now with just text a speech limitations and that's the biggest hurdle that i think we're facing right now because of listener that has the choice between listening to one of our stories told.
"alexa" Discussed on The Alexa Podcast
"Welcome back to the alexa podcast for november 2017 episode seven my name is bradley met rock mco of a company called score publishing based here in nashville tennessee my co host is kevin old kevin say 'hello hello roundly great to be back great to be back with you as well kevin looking fortunately every great guest today as well we'll get into that in just a second but i want to give a shout out to our sponsor for voice first f them boy sex p boy sex p is taking the lead in developing alexa skills for some of the best branson in the world with boyce xp all you have to do is say it to revolutionized marketing strategy check them outvoicexpcom and look up bob stoles berg is doing great work invoice if you need an lexus skill or gugel action go see them you'll be glad that you did our guest today is amy stapleton amy say hello higher by amy thank you very very much for joining us you welcome i'm really looking forward to the conversation thank you for having me baths lutely so amy is the ceo and founder of tell a bulls and she'll tell us of what the that isn't just a moment but she will also be joining us as a speaker an guess panelist at the alexa copper it's coming up in january which is january eighteen through the 20th in chattanooga tennessee if you are not registered this is going to be a voice i have done not to be missed get information on that it w www lexicon effortscom.