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Salesforce Launches an #ASR-driven Speech Assistant for Enterprises

Salesforce Launches an #ASR-driven Speech Assistant for Enterprises | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Salesforce has released Einstein Voice, a part of its Einstein AI platform that enables sales managers to dictate memos and navigate cloud services hands-free.

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How @Snips Supports Skill Creation Using Decentralized Voice Data Generation

Data generation is an important tool for developers to create high quality skills. Thus, the more consumers adopt Snips, the more we can expect the number of data generation campaigns to increase, and with it the total transaction volume. With the worker staking mechanisms in place, we can expect this to contribute to create a sound economy around the Snips token, while simultaneously solving the issue of data quality.
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Worth reading in full for an overview of the Snips skill-developer pipeline.

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Telefonica Launches 'Aura' Voice Assistant in Six Countries

Telefonica Launches 'Aura' Voice Assistant in Six Countries | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Telefonica, present in 17 markets across Europe and Latin America, is offering its assistant in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Spain and Britain (so in English, German, Portuguese and various types of Spanish language versions), 
“A year ago we said we wanted artificial intelligence to be the basis of our clients’ relationship with us and we are delivering on our promise,” Chairman Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete said on Sunday.

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How Do Ads Work in a Voice Environment?

How Do Ads Work in a Voice Environment? | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
if 2017 was the year that Alexa hit the mainstream, 2018 will be the year that advertisers begin to take her seriously by investing time and money in figuring out how to make use of her. The shift toward a screenless, voice-first future has been slow and awkward. Without a playbook on how exactly to employ this technology, brands have been paralyzed. But the staying power of voice technologies is now universally accepted, and their ubiquity no longer belongs to a far-off future
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Now the technology is in place, how do we negotiate traditional advertising actions in a voice stream environment? Brief look at Alexa and the economy of "skills."

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Speak Easy: Report on Voice Tech Takeup Around the World

Speak Easy: Report on Voice Tech Takeup Around the World | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Speak Easy is a trends and insight report, carried out in equal partnership between J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group London and Mindshare Futures, which explores voice technology and its implications for brands.
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Synaptics Calls for Voice Standards | EE Times

“You don’t want 15 flavors of home assistants communicating in different ways. We need standards such as standard commands. You don’t want to learn different digital languages,” Bergman said. “It’s a little early, but maybe the ultimate vision is that AI gets so good it’s smart enough to figure commands out independent of device types,” he added. An analyst agreed, noting consumer Internet of Things markets have developed more slowly that predicted, in part due to poor ease-of-use.

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Chinese Voice Assistants And The Race To Commoditize Smart Speakers

Chinese Voice Assistants And The Race To Commoditize Smart Speakers | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Chinese companies entering the smart home market are deploying a twofold business model to capture a global market share and expand in China:
First, they are partnering with US tech companies, pairing their hardware with AI assistants like Cortana and Alexa to sell smart speakers outside China.
Second, they’re partnering with Chinese voice AI startups, or developing conversational AI software in-house to sell within China, where US tech companies face strict restrictions.

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PWC: Impact of Voice Assistants on Consumer Behavior

The strengths and best use cases for voice assistants and enabling devices
The accelerators or opportunities for voice to have massive growth
What’s needed in order for consumers to trust this technology and use it with confidence
Consumer concerns—a lack of trust in the technology and a fear of losing privacy
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NPR-Edison Research Survey Tracks Adoption of Voice-Activated Technology

US Smart Audio Report, Fall/Winter 2017: one in six Americans now has a Smart Speaker (16%), up 128% since January 2017.
30% say the smart speaker is replacing time spent with TV
71% are listening to more audio since getting a smart speaker
66% entertain family/friends with the smart speaker
64% of owners who plan to buy additional smart speakers want to use them to control smart home devices
44% of smart speaker owners are using the voice assistant on their phones more since getting a smart speaker
61% are interested in getting smart speaker technology in their cars

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Smart speakers as radios on vitamins.

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iOLAP for Enterprise Voice Technology Starts Using Alexa

iOLAP for Enterprise Voice Technology Starts Using Alexa | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
“The idea behind our Enterprise Voice service is to fundamentally change the way we interact with technology” said Chris Jordan, CEO of iOLAP. “Millions of people around the globe use Alexa for convenience; they get information such as their personal schedules, or the weather. Why shouldn’t business professionals be able to capitalize on this technology in the workplace? For enterprises, this isn’t merely convenience, it is about efficiency, and positive ROI.”
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Inevitable extension of investments in the Alexa voice model to enterprise applications.

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Alexa Now On Wearable Devices 

Alexa Now On Wearable Devices  | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
The headphones will let users tap a button to launch the voice assistant, which will connect to the device through the user’s mobile phone and the Bragi app. They will let a wearer engage with the voice assistant while on the go, searching for basic information, shopping for goods on Amazon, or calling for a vehicle from ride-hailing services like Uber, among other possibilities. While all of these capabilities are already possible using a phone, enabling hands-free voice control brings a new level of convenience.
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Another advertising channel?

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First Open-Source Voice Assistant Technology Launched

First Open-Source Voice Assistant Technology Launched | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Mycroft is world’s first open-source AI voice assistant, free to download and use, and developers are invited to alter its code to expand and improve the NLP functionality. More than 700 independent developers are already making contributions to Mycroft’s software.

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