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The Voicebot Podcast

Bret Kinsella

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The Voicebot Podcast

The Voicebot Podcast

Bret Kinsella

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65
Plays
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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.

Latest Episodes

Stanford Professor Monica Lam on the Almond Open Source Voice Assistant

Dr. Monica Lam joined Stanford University's computer science department in 1988 after earning a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. She is co-author of the textbook Compilers Principles, Techniques, and Tools, known as the Dragon Book. More recently she has been leading the Open Virtual Assistant initiative that has at its core, the Almond, open source voice assistant. Today we talk about privacy, security, and the need for choice of virtual assistants that are not controlled by 2 or 3 big companies.

98 min1 d ago
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Stanford Professor Monica Lam on the Almond Open Source Voice Assistant

Phillip Hunter Formerly of the Amazon Alexa UX Team and Founder of CCAI

Phillip Hunter is the founder of CCAI Services where he helps companies develop voice user experiences using conversation AI and ML solutions. He previously was a vice president of Pulse Labs, head of user experience for Alexa Skills at Amazon, a Senior UX manager at AWS, a senior designer for Bing and Tellme while at Microsoft, a senior designer at 24-7.ai with a few more stops along the way during his career. He earned a degree in English from Texas A&M University.

108 min1 w ago
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Phillip Hunter Formerly of the Amazon Alexa UX Team and Founder of CCAI

Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek CEO of Women in Voice on Voice UX, Linguistics, and Building Community and Opportunity

Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek is CEO of Women in Voice an organization she founded in 2018. It has grown to 15 chapters in nine countries and has hosted over 80 events worldwide. Bajorek is an advisor to several companies in the voice AI space and a sought-after conference speaker and consultant for voice user experience design. After earning an undergraduate degree in French, Photography, and Graphic Design, Bajorek received a Masters in Linguistics from UC Davis and a PhD in speech language technology.

77 min2 w ago
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Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek CEO of Women in Voice on Voice UX, Linguistics, and Building Community and Opportunity

Two Voice Devs Mark Tucker and Allen Firstenberg Talk Alexa, Google Assistant, and More

Mark Tucker and Allen Firstenberg are the creators of the Two Voice Devs podcast and YouTube channel where they go deep on topics of interest to voice developers. Mark is senior architect for voice technology at Soar.com. He is an Alexa Champion, Bixby Premiere Developer, and one of Voicebot's Top Leaders in Voice for 2019. Allen is project guru for Objective Consulting and has 25 years of software development experience. He is a GDE for Google Assistant, IoT, Wearables, and other platforms.

92 min3 w ago
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Two Voice Devs Mark Tucker and Allen Firstenberg Talk Alexa, Google Assistant, and More

Google Product Launch Hot Takes with Jefferson Graham of USA Today and Eric Schwartz of Voicebot - Voicebot Podcast Ep 171

Today I have another extra episode for you to discuss the announcements from Google's 2020 Fall product launch. To maintain consistency, I also asked Jefferson Graham of USA Today and Eric Schwartz of Voicebot.ai to join me. They were both on the recent episode focused on the Amazon product launch so we are getting their hot takes today in contrast to what we saw from Amazon. Jefferson Graham is the leading consumer tech reporter in the U.S. and Eric Schwartz is the lead reporter at Voicebot.

34 min3 w ago
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Google Product Launch Hot Takes with Jefferson Graham of USA Today and Eric Schwartz of Voicebot - Voicebot Podcast Ep 171

Amazon Product Launch Event Hot Takes with CNET, Voicebrew, and USA Today

Today's episode is all about Amazon's big 2020 product launch event. We break down what was announced, what will be successful, and what it says about Amazon's product strategy and the future of Alexa. First up is Ben Fox Rubin, the lead Amazon writer at CNET. Next, we have my interview with Katherine Prescott of VoiceBrew, the most popular newsletter for Alexa users. Then, I throw down again with Jefferson Graham of USA Today. I wrap up with Eric Schwartz, the head writer for Voicebot.ai.

98 minSEP 28
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Amazon Product Launch Event Hot Takes with CNET, Voicebrew, and 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 minSEP 22
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Alexa 2020 Product Launch Preview with Jefferson Graham of USA Today

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.

69 minSEP 21
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James Vlahos of Hereafter AI Discusses Avatars That Preserve the Memories and Thoughts of Real People

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.

67 minSEP 14
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TalkSocket Co-Founders Andrew Delorenzo and Chandler Murch

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.

89 minSEP 7
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Ian Bicking Talks Firefox Voice and Observations About Assistants Today

Latest Episodes

Stanford Professor Monica Lam on the Almond Open Source Voice Assistant

Dr. Monica Lam joined Stanford University's computer science department in 1988 after earning a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. She is co-author of the textbook Compilers Principles, Techniques, and Tools, known as the Dragon Book. More recently she has been leading the Open Virtual Assistant initiative that has at its core, the Almond, open source voice assistant. Today we talk about privacy, security, and the need for choice of virtual assistants that are not controlled by 2 or 3 big companies.

98 min1 d ago
Comments
Stanford Professor Monica Lam on the Almond Open Source Voice Assistant

Phillip Hunter Formerly of the Amazon Alexa UX Team and Founder of CCAI

Phillip Hunter is the founder of CCAI Services where he helps companies develop voice user experiences using conversation AI and ML solutions. He previously was a vice president of Pulse Labs, head of user experience for Alexa Skills at Amazon, a Senior UX manager at AWS, a senior designer for Bing and Tellme while at Microsoft, a senior designer at 24-7.ai with a few more stops along the way during his career. He earned a degree in English from Texas A&M University.

108 min1 w ago
Comments
Phillip Hunter Formerly of the Amazon Alexa UX Team and Founder of CCAI

Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek CEO of Women in Voice on Voice UX, Linguistics, and Building Community and Opportunity

Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek is CEO of Women in Voice an organization she founded in 2018. It has grown to 15 chapters in nine countries and has hosted over 80 events worldwide. Bajorek is an advisor to several companies in the voice AI space and a sought-after conference speaker and consultant for voice user experience design. After earning an undergraduate degree in French, Photography, and Graphic Design, Bajorek received a Masters in Linguistics from UC Davis and a PhD in speech language technology.

77 min2 w ago
Comments
Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek CEO of Women in Voice on Voice UX, Linguistics, and Building Community and Opportunity

Two Voice Devs Mark Tucker and Allen Firstenberg Talk Alexa, Google Assistant, and More

Mark Tucker and Allen Firstenberg are the creators of the Two Voice Devs podcast and YouTube channel where they go deep on topics of interest to voice developers. Mark is senior architect for voice technology at Soar.com. He is an Alexa Champion, Bixby Premiere Developer, and one of Voicebot's Top Leaders in Voice for 2019. Allen is project guru for Objective Consulting and has 25 years of software development experience. He is a GDE for Google Assistant, IoT, Wearables, and other platforms.

92 min3 w ago
Comments
Two Voice Devs Mark Tucker and Allen Firstenberg Talk Alexa, Google Assistant, and More

Google Product Launch Hot Takes with Jefferson Graham of USA Today and Eric Schwartz of Voicebot - Voicebot Podcast Ep 171

Today I have another extra episode for you to discuss the announcements from Google's 2020 Fall product launch. To maintain consistency, I also asked Jefferson Graham of USA Today and Eric Schwartz of Voicebot.ai to join me. They were both on the recent episode focused on the Amazon product launch so we are getting their hot takes today in contrast to what we saw from Amazon. Jefferson Graham is the leading consumer tech reporter in the U.S. and Eric Schwartz is the lead reporter at Voicebot.

34 min3 w ago
Comments
Google Product Launch Hot Takes with Jefferson Graham of USA Today and Eric Schwartz of Voicebot - Voicebot Podcast Ep 171

Amazon Product Launch Event Hot Takes with CNET, Voicebrew, and USA Today

Today's episode is all about Amazon's big 2020 product launch event. We break down what was announced, what will be successful, and what it says about Amazon's product strategy and the future of Alexa. First up is Ben Fox Rubin, the lead Amazon writer at CNET. Next, we have my interview with Katherine Prescott of VoiceBrew, the most popular newsletter for Alexa users. Then, I throw down again with Jefferson Graham of USA Today. I wrap up with Eric Schwartz, the head writer for Voicebot.ai.

98 minSEP 28
Comments
Amazon Product Launch Event Hot Takes with CNET, Voicebrew, and 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 minSEP 22
Comments
Alexa 2020 Product Launch Preview with Jefferson Graham of USA Today

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.

69 minSEP 21
Comments
James Vlahos of Hereafter AI Discusses Avatars That Preserve the Memories and Thoughts of Real People

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.

67 minSEP 14
Comments
TalkSocket Co-Founders Andrew Delorenzo and Chandler Murch

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.

89 minSEP 7
Comments
Ian Bicking Talks Firefox Voice and Observations About Assistants Today
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