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Voice at Sony Music with Dennis Kooker and Achim Matthes

Voice at Sony Music with Dennis Kooker and Achim Matthes 1800 1200 VUX World

Peak behind the curtain at Sony Music’s voice strategy and hear how it’s thinking about the future of music consumption. read more

The Rundown: Talking elevators and clever Blenders

The Rundown: Talking elevators and clever Blenders 1800 1200 VUX World

Voice technology for kids with Dr. Patricia Scanlon

Voice technology for kids with Dr. Patricia Scanlon 1800 1200 VUX World

Dustin and Kane are joined by Dr. Patricia Scanlon, CEO SoapBox Labs, to discuss why dedicated speech technology for kids is so important and the huge opportunity to do good things with it. read more

Ethical conversation design with Microsoft’s Deborah Harrison

Ethical conversation design with Microsoft’s Deborah Harrison 1800 1200 VUX World

What is ethical conversation design? Why is it important? And what can we do to design conversations more responsibly? Join Deborah Harrison, Cortana’s first writer, to find out. read more

Voice search: how to measure your ‘share of voice’ with Andy Headington

Voice search: how to measure your ‘share of voice’ with Andy Headington 1800 1200 VUX World

Andy Headington, CEO, Adido joins us to share how you can measure your voice search performance on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. read more

What is automatic speech recognition and how does it work? With Catherine Breslin

What is automatic speech recognition and how does it work? With Catherine Breslin 1400 933 VUX World

Dive deep into one of the core technologies that underpins the voice assistants you know and love, with one of the world’s leading speech recognition experts, Catherine Breslin.



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What is speech recognition and how does it work?

Automatics speech recognition (also known as ASR) is a suite of technology that takes audio signals containing speech, analysis it and converts it into text so that it can be read and understood by humans and machines. It’s the technology that makes voice assistants like Amazon Alexa able to understand what a user says.

There’s obviously a whole lot more to it that than, though. So, in today’s episode, we’re speaking to one of the most knowledgable and experienced speech recognition minds the world has to offer, Catherine Breslin, about just exactly what’s going on under the hood of automatic speech recognition technology and how it actually works.

Catherine Breslin studied speech recognition at Cambridge, before working on speech recognition systems at Toshiba and eventually on the Amazon Alexa speech recognition team where she met the Godfather of Alexa, Jeff Adams. Catherine then joined Jeff at Cobalt Speech where she currently creates bespoke speech recognition systems and voice assistants for organisations.

In this episode, you’ll learn how one of the fundamental voice technologies works, from beginning to end. This will give you a rounded understanding of automatic speech recognition technology so that, when you’re working on voice applications and conversational interfaces, you’ll at least know how it’s working and then be able to vet speech recognition systems appropriately.

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Visit Cobalt Speech

Read the Cobalt Speech blog

Follow Catherine Breslin on Twitter

Listen to Jeff Adams, Founder of Cobalt discuss the Alexa origin story

Alexa for retailers and the voice shopping landscape with Shilp Agarwal

Alexa for retailers and the voice shopping landscape with Shilp Agarwal 1800 1200 VUX World

Retailers with Alexa skills can see a 12-15% increase in cart size, improve customer experience and gather vital competitive data as voice shopping explodes. Shilp Agarwal, CEO of Blutag, joins us to share more about the voice shopping landscape.
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The Rundown: coronavirus and voice, Spotify and Jovo

The Rundown: coronavirus and voice, Spotify and Jovo 1800 1200 VUX World

Corona virus hits voice as Google removes coronavirus actions, Spotify looks like it’s releasing a voice assistant and Jovo lets you build voice assistants everywhere.

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Stories discussed in this episode

Google reject corona virus action

Spotify might be releasing a voice assistant

Jovo v3, build voice assistants and deploy them everywhere

Jovo Linkedin vlog 

Google Read It

Google Read It Linkedin vlog

Alexa, the OS

Live broadcasting on Alexa with the Food Network

The end of Alexa Skills?

 

Live video broadcasting on Alexa with Tim McElreath

Live video broadcasting on Alexa with Tim McElreath 1800 1200 VUX World

The Food Network aims to the be Peloton of cooking with live video broadcasting on Alexa. Director of Technology and Emerging Platforms at Discovery Inc., Tim McElreath, joins us to share how. read more

Conversation design and grounding strategies with Jon Bloom

Conversation design and grounding strategies with Jon Bloom 1800 1200 VUX World

Jon Bloom, Senior Conversation Designer at Google, joins us to share what a conversation designer does at Google, as well as some conversation design techniques used at Google, such as ‘grounding strategies’. read more