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The Future of Intelligent Voice Assistants

Will you have one voice assistant or many? Which model will dominate?

Speech Technology's Invaluable Assist

Our extraordinary assistive speech technologies were years in the making.

Businesses’ Voice Assistants Are Coming to a Smart Speaker Near You

Soon it will be de rigueur for every business to have its own IVA.

Let’s Take Action Before It’s Too Late

Has technology reached a point where it's nearly impossible to rein in, where legislation will never be able to catch up with the speed of advancing technology and innovation?

Speech Technology Is Not Yet Conversational Technology

The industry still lacks tools to support true conversation

Amid the Pandemic, Speech Technologies Expand the Telehealth Options

The telehealth approach is now providing treatments across the healthcare spectrum

Voice Interfaces and Contactless Interactions

A shift in our preferences toward eliminating or reducing touchpoints seems inevitable

There’s Tech for the Tough Spots

Businesses are now realizing that websites, online content, and product information need to be crafted in new ways so voice-based search engines not only recognize them but position them at the top of search results.

As Voice Assistants Multiply, When Will We Get a Registry?

VARs can help tame the Wild West of voice assistants

5G Presents Opportunities for Everyone, and That’s the Problem

It's a landmark for the enterprise—including criminal ones

Breakthroughs in Speech Are Just Beginning

Our writers consulted with industry experts across the major sectors of the speech technology landscape to determine the state of the industry

Consumer Voice Apps and Smart Devices Lead the Way for Speech Tech

Interface and data security challenges remain, however

Speech Recognition Has Finally Come of Age. Now What?

Relying on the likes of Amazon and Google presents challenges for buyers and providers alike

The Internet of Things Needs a Lingua Franca

With the proliferation of smart speakers, voice interaction with home devices is becoming increasingly common, and on the horizon are voice interactions with an ever greater number of smart environments—cities, offices, classrooms, factories, and healthcare settings. Developers will need to be on the same page

Smart Speakers Should Embrace Privacy by Design

Privacy concerns are to be expected with always-on devices that are passively listening to your most intimate conversations. But media reports of employees and contractors of Amazon and Apple listening to such voice recordings have escalated such concerns.

A Good Conversational Interface: Man’s Best Friend

Don't we all want voice-activated devices to be more like a loyal old dog and less like the puppy chewing on your shoes? But it's not necessarily something you can do at home with a few treats and the help of some YouTube videos.

How Human Is Too Human?

We hear, quite often, that conversational AI need to be more human. What this means is that we want it to perform for us at the same level as a human assistant, but we still want to know it's a machine.

Security Threats to Speech Apps in the Age of Deep Fakes

As machine learning marches forward, we are becoming aware of the dangers of "deep fakes" generated by deep learning algorithms. Not surprisingly, machines can be both the problem and the solution.

IVAs Enter the Business Conversation

IVAs boast big potential in a wide variety of verticals and functions

What’s Your Enterprise Strategy for Voice Applications?

It matters who your target is