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Virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are application programs that understand natural language voice commands and completes tasks for the user. See below for the latest news, trends, and solutions about virtual assistants.

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. 

Does Your Intelligent Assistant Really Understand You?

Intelligent virtual assistants still need improvements, analysts conclude after five leading systems are put to the test.

Wake Words Will Soon See a Resurgence

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

Connect to Customers with the Help of Google, Amazon, and Apple

Building digital assistants to help customers is becoming an industry requirement, so companies should start soon if they don't already have one.

Video: Benchmarking Voice Assistants, Pt. 8: Conclusions

Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch & Ronald Schmelzer present conclusions from their benchmarking tests on intelligent assistants in this clip from their presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: Benchmarking Voice Assistants, Pt. 7: Idiomatic Speech

Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch & Ronald Schmelzer discuss the seventh test in their benchmarking project, testing the intelligent assistants' understandings of slang and colloquialisms in this clip from their presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: Benchmarking Voice Assistants, Pt. 6: Emotional IQ & Common Sense

Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch & Ronald Schmelzer discuss the fifth and sixth tests in their benchmarking project, testing the intelligent assistants' emotional IQ and common sense in this clip from their presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: Benchmarking Voice Assistants, Pt. 5: Reasoning & Logic

Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch & Ronald Schmelzer discuss the fourth test in their benchmarking project, testing the intelligent assistants' handling of reasoning and logic in this clip from their presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: Benchmarking Voice Assistants, Pt. 4: Understanding Cause & Effect

Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch & Ronald Schmelzer discuss the third test in their benchmarking project, testing the intelligent assistants' grasp of cause and effect in this clip from their presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: Benchmarking Voice Assistants, Pt. 3: Comparison Questions

Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch & Ronald Schmelzer discuss the first test in their benchmarking project, testing the intelligent assistants' handling of comparison questions in this clip from their presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: Benchmarking Voice Assistants, Pt. 2: Basic Concepts

Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch & Ronald Schmelzer discuss the first test in their benchmarking project, testing the intelligent assistants' grasp of basic concepts in this clip from their presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: Benchmarking Voice Assistants, Pt. 1: Method and Calibration

Cognilytica Analysts Kathleen Walch & Ronald Schmelzer introduce the Cognilytica Voice Assistant Benchmark for testing the intelligence of devices such as Alexa, Siri, Google Home, and Cortana in this clip from their presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Rethinking Voice in a Digital World

For years, investments in the voice channel have taken a backseat to digital. But thanks to the rise of IoT devices and AI-driven conversational experiences in the consumer realm, organizations must rethink the role of voice.

Video: Implications of a Speech UI

Grand Studio Lead Designer Diana Deibel discusses the ethical implications of speech UIs and remaining cognizant of the inherent human elements of speech and conversation in this clip from her presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: Enabling Transparency in VUI Design

Grand Studio Lead Designer Diana Deibel discusses multiple approaches to making VUI design transparent--the Google vs. Alexa, system-initiated vs. user-initiated--in this clip from her presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Software Inside the Hardware: Unlocking the Skills in a VUI

Much as developers rushed to put new apps onto Apple's App Store in 2009, we're seeing a bit of a gold rush to develop new skills for voice assistants. But developing for a VUI is an entirely different challenge.

Video: Emerging Trends in Speech Tech Adoption

451 Research Senior Analyst Raul Castanon discusses new findings of a recent survey on speech technology adoption in the enterprise and how adoption of devices in the consumer space have impacted enterprise adoption in this clip from his panel at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: How to Make Your VUI Inclusive

Grand Studio Lead Designer Diana Deibel discusses best practices for culturally inclusive access in voice UI design in this clip from her presentation at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: 6 Ways to Improve VAs via Better Language Understanding

Conversational Technologies Principal Deborah Dahl lays out a plan for making more virtual assistants more effective in this clip from her keynote at SpeechTEK 2019.

Video: The Current State of Conversational Systems

Conversational Technologies Principal Deborah Dahl discusses the state of the art for the three pillars of conversational systems in this clip from her keynote at SpeechTEK 2019.