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Industry Voices

Debunking the Most Common Myths in Voice Technology

Demand for voice-enabled devices has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and in the rush to capitalize on it, businesses can easily fall prey to common misconceptions about voice-enabled products. This piece debunks these myths one by one. 

Wake Words Will Soon See a Resurgence

As consumers get more accustomed to using voice interfaces, wake words will become more prominent.

Netflix's "The Circle" Provides a Glimpse into the Future of Speech Recognition

The future is now for voice recognition technology as industries from automotive to healthcare embrace the technology.

Protecting User Data: How Close is the US to its Own GDPR?

GDPR has already had wide-ranging consequences for companies collecting data, and now some are calling for federal regulations in the U.S. Voice-data isn't exempt from the regulations, and vendors need to be ready.

Video: More Targeted Knowledge Can Improve Today's VAs

Conversational Technologies Principal Deborah Dahl explains how more targeted enterprise knowledge could make VAs more effective in organizations in this clip from her keynote at SpeechTEK 2019.

4 Reasons Why Purchasing with Voice is the Future

Explore four consumer trends that are driving the growth of voice intelligence in point of sale platforms.

Avoid Being Fooled by Parlor Tricks: The Necessity of Real-World Environment Testing for ASR

Voice assistant's ability to perform in varied, and often difficult, sound environments will be a key pillar for the sector's success. The sheer scale of distribution for voice assistants means they are going to be used in many different situations and environments, many of which require them to adapt to the variability of the scenarios, which is a huge risk for this emerging market.

Digital Marketing & Voice Search: What Marketers Need To Know

The smart speaker marketplace—think Amazon Echo and Google Home—is growing like gangbusters, and digital marketers who are in the know, are bracing for its impact. The emerging category is evolving rapidly, and could affect the digital marketing landscape in a similar way that mobile devices and smartphones did a decade ago—except maybe faster and more pervasively.

2 Tools to Help you Get Started with Voice Technology

If you're a content creator of any kind--creating books or audiobooks, podcasts, articles, magazines, videos, you name it--you're eventually going to have to bring that content into the realm of Amazon's Alexa. Here are two tools to help beginners build their skills.

Optimizing Your Business: The VEO Way

Picture this - you are the owner of a restaurant with the best-rated steak tacos in town. While your grills are flaming and the tacos are served to perfection, the volume of reservations and in-store walk-ins is dwindling. You think it's the slow season, until you see your competitor down the block is constantly packed. Did you know Alexa, Siri, Google Home, and other voice devices could be to blame?

Four Ways Conversational Interfaces Could Simplify Your Life

On the last day of SpeechTEK 2018, I had the pleasure of moderating a Sunrise Session entitled "The Future of Speech-Enabled Applications." The goal of this roundtable was to brainstorm about creative and useful applications that could take conversational interactions to the next level. More than a dozen attendees from a variety of backgrounds held a lively discussion and came up with four innovative ideas, which I have summarized.

Videos: What's Your Favorite Use of Speech Technology?

We caught up with industry-insiders Michael McTear, Allyson Boudousquie, Debra Cancro, and Crispin Reedy at SpeechTEK 2018 and asked them what their favorite use of speech technology was this year. Find out what they said in the video that follows.

Video: 2018's Biggest Speech Technology Trends

In an industry that is changing so rapidly, it's hard to pinpoint the trends that really matter. So we turned to the experts at SpeechTEK 2018, and asked Michael McTear, Allyson Boudousquie, Debra Cancro, and Crispin Reedy what trends caught their eye this year.