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.
Chris Parkinson Co-founder and CTO of RealWear on Voice Controlled Applications for Industrial Workers
Chris Parkinson began working on the idea behind RealWear while at Kopin back in 2007. In 2015, he founded WearNext to explore routes to further technical development and commercialization of the productivity tool for connected industrial workers. That ultimately led to co-founding RealWear in 2016.
The company presents itself as providing the first hands-free and fully ruggedized head-mounted tablet solution. But it's not quite a tablet. It's a headset for voice interactive hands-free access to data, information, and applications.
Earlier in his career, Parkinson was a senior engineer at Alien Technology and a researcher at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He earned a PhD in computational and theoretical chemistry from the University of Manchester.
YouTuber Dom Esposito Talks About Creating His Digital Twin
Dom Esposito is a top YouTuber that worked with Hour One to create a digital twin. That's a virtual human clone of himself. In this interview, we show Dom's clone and talk to the real Dom about his motivation behind the project. We also discuss the process for creating the clone and use cases he thinks will be most impactful.
Dom Esposito began creating tech review videos on YouTube way back in 2012. He was previously a writer at 9-to-5 Mac and AppAdvice and a Creatives Producer at ClearChannel, now known as iHeart.
Natalie Monbiot from Hour One on New Virtual Human Use Cases
Natalie Monbiot from Hour One joined me for the recent Synthedia event to present several new use cases in language learning, media, and entertainment that are expanding the market for virtual humans. She shows how synthetic media is being used at Berlitz, Defiance Media, and people creating entertainment on YouTube.
Monbiot joined Hour One as head of strategy in 2019. Prior to Hour One, she was an SVP at Publicis, where she worked on new technologies and the Samsung account. She was an SVP at UM Worldwide before that, and earlier in her career worked at IPG Media Lab. Monbiot earned a Masters’s Degree from Oxford. To hear an earlier interview with Natalie and the full Hour One origin story as of summer 2021, check out episode 219.
Maaike Coppens on Conversation Design Themes in 2022 - Voicebot Podcast Ep 284
Maaike Coppens is the author of the new book Design Conversationnel published in French by Eyrolles with a forthcoming English edition. Maaike and I first met at an event in 2018 in Paris, and that provided a springboard to discuss how the priorities and expectations around conversation design have changed. One important topic we discuss is the rising focus on task completion for voice assistant applications as opposed to likeability and building affective trust. Much of this is driven by changing consumer behaviors and preferences.
Coppens is the vice president of design at OpenDialog AI, the developer of the open source conversation management framework. Previously, she was a senior user experience and conversation design consultant for Accor Hotels, Applause, and XAPPmedia. She also worked as a conversation designer at voice-first game maker labworks.io and is an Alexa Champion.
John Campbell Founder of Rabbit & Pork on Voice SEO and What Use Cases Work Today - Voicebot Podcast Ep 283
John Campbell is the founder and managing director of the voice AI agency Rabbit & Pork, a division of TIPi Group. Previously he was head of performance marketing and SEO at another TIPi agency ROAST. The agency's start was automating the collection of answers from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for a variety of questions. That data led to several reports which captured the attention of brands, and from there, Rabbit & Pork began building Alexa skills, Google Actions, and other voice interactive experiences in addition to voice SEO projects.
Campbell goes into some detail in our interview about how Rabbit & Pork automated voice search result collection. He also discusses where voice assistants source their answers to common questions, the strategies brands use today to improve their ranking, and approaches that do not work. In addition, we discuss how the Alexa Answers service works today, how it is evolving, and what that indicates about voice search.
Beyond search, Campbell goes through the differences in building for Alexa versus Google Assistant and how Google's pullback from the third-party Conversational Action ecosystem has impacted how brands are approaching voice assistants today. We conclude by discussing a variety of industry use cases for voice and chatbot solutions.
Zohaib Ahmed on Creating Andy Warhol's Voice Clone
Zohaib Ahmed joined us at the Synthedia synthetic media conference in September to discuss Resemble's work re-creating the voice of famed pop artist Andy Warhol. A Netflix documentary was under development that centered around Warhol's diaries. The creators thought it would be more impactful if the viewers could hear the ideas and experiences of Warhol in the artist's own voice. So, they began searching for a synthetic speech provider that could create a voice clone.
Ahmed goes through the creation process and some of the challenges faced along the way. Plus there are a couple of nuances that you will find interesting.
Zohaib Ahmed is the CEO and co-founder of Resemble AI. He appeared previously on the podcast in episodes 251 and 103. Ahmed previously was a lead software engineer at Magic Leap and Hipmunk and a developer at Blackberry.
Voicebot's Eric Schwartz interviews Ahmed in this episode and Bret Kinsella adds commentary at the end about the evolution of synthetic speech.
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