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The Voicebot Podcast is about the intersection of voice and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. It is a weekly look at trends, founders and newsmakers and supplements the daily research, analysis and news found at https://voicebot.ai.

The Voicebot Podcast Bret Kinsella

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The Voicebot Podcast is about the intersection of voice and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. It is a weekly look at trends, founders and newsmakers and supplements the daily research, analysis and news found at https://voicebot.ai.

    Alexa 2020 Product Launch Preview with Jefferson Graham of USA Today

    Alexa 2020 Product Launch Preview with Jefferson Graham of USA Today

    Amazon's 2020 product launch is coming up in a few days. Jefferson Graham of USA Today joins me for a preview of what to expect from Amazon this year. We also look back at the many 2019 announcements and discuss which ones look like a success and which do not. We talk about video, smart displays, smart TVs, Echo Frames (smart glasses), Echo Dot with clock, and more.

    Jefferson Graham has been USA Today's tech columnist for the past 20 years and published over 1,500 episodes of the Talking Tech Podcast.

    • 27 min
    James Vlahos of Hereafter AI Discusses Avatars That Preserve the Memories and Thoughts of Real People

    James Vlahos of Hereafter AI Discusses Avatars That Preserve the Memories and Thoughts of Real People

    James Vlahos is founder of Hereafter AI, a company that enables anyone to create a chatbot avatar of a real person. It is the outgrowth of Dadbot, a chatbot he created to capture the memories and thoughts of his father. 

    James earned a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for many publications including The New York Times, GQ, Popular Science, National Geographic Adventure, and WIRED. He is also the author of Talk to Me, a history of tech's path to modern voice assistants.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    TalkSocket Co-Founders Andrew Delorenzo and Chandler Murch

    TalkSocket Co-Founders Andrew Delorenzo and Chandler Murch

    TalkSocket just launched a Kickstarter for a physical product that makes Alexa (and other voice assistants) instantly accessible hands free on any iPhone or Android smartphone.

    Today's guests are TalkSocket co-founders Andrew Delorenzo and Chandler Murch. Delorenzo is CEO and has nearly a decade working in the cloud hosting business for AWS, Tencent, and Joyent. Murch is CTO for TalkSocket and has a background in IT management for companies such as game maker Valve and Ed Tech pioneer Promethean.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ian Bicking Talks Firefox Voice and Observations About Assistants Today

    Ian Bicking Talks Firefox Voice and Observations About Assistants Today

    Ian Bicking spent 10 years at Mozilla as a software developer and research engineer. His last project was Firefox Voice, a custom voice assistant for the Firefox Browser. He recorded his observations on the state of voice technology and conversational AI from a developer perspective in a 3,300-word blog post. Today, we discuss Bicking's 12-month journey building a custom voice assistant and what he learned. 

    Bicking earned degrees in computer science and mathematics at Earlham College.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Richard Weeks Head of Conversational Experiences at US Bank

    Richard Weeks Head of Conversational Experiences at US Bank

    Richard Weeks is head of conversational experiences at U.S. Bank which has an Alexa Skill, Google Action, chatbot, and a new custom assistant in its mobile app. We discuss the organization, the tech stack, objectives, and more. 

    Richard has been with U.S. Bank for the past four years after nearly 23 years with Wells Fargo where he concluded his tenure as Senior Vice President for customer experience strategy. Richard earned an undergraduate degree from USC and an MBA from the Univ. of San Francisco. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Jeanine Heck VP of AI Products at Comcast

    Jeanine Heck VP of AI Products at Comcast

    Jeanine Heck is vice president of AI product at Comcast, the top cable television provider in the U.S. The company's voice-interactive TV remote handled 12 billion voice requests in 2019 which means users are making an average of about 600 voice requests per year, up from about 200 three years ago.

    Heck joined Comcast in 2007 and has overseen the Xfinity voice remote project since 2013. She earned a degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Rob Adamthwaite ,

Insightful and entertaining

Bret and his wonderful guests share their highly valuable insight into the world of voice tech and AI in a manor that is not only educational but highly entertaining. An integral listen to anyone working in the field.

Pete Haas ,

The gold standard.

The Voicebot Podcast is the gold standard in voice and conversational AI. There are a couple reasons...first, the quality of guests is stellar. You get deep insights from CEOs and industry experts every week. Second, the host Bret Kinsella is whip smart with a real talent as an interviewer.

Powerpuffj ,

Great resource on voice tech

A thoughtful and insightful podcast that explores many areas of voice tech!

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