#Speech Recognition
  • Automated Speech Recognition: On the Brink of Revolution

    Jun 26, 2020

    When innovations in new models and computational optimizations bring prices down, watch for this technology to have real impact, Five9 CTO says

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  • Voice + AI Is Coming To The Workplace Loud And Clear

    Jun 25, 2020

    Virtual assistants turn 16 this year and you don’t have to look too hard - or speak too loudly - to find them. In fact, there will be around 8 billion voice-based devices by 2023 - more than the world’s population today.

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  • Pandemic Drives Consumer, Business Interest In Voice-Assisted Commerce

    Jun 25, 2020

    Vast numbers of consumers are happy to ask Alexa, Siri or the Google Assistant to play a song, find a recipe or dim the lights in their smart homes. But only a narrow subset of voice assistant enthusiasts would comfortably instruct these tools to make purchases for them – at least before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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  • Harnessing The Power Of Voice For Seamless Conversations

    May 28, 2020

    Long before the Super Bowl commercial with Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi teaching millions of viewers the power of “Hey Alexa,” marketers have debated how to harness the power of this emerging technology.

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  • What Does Customer Experience Mean in a Voice-First World?

    Mar 9, 2020

    What do interactions between companies and customers look like without a screen in the way? That’s the question with which brands are grappling as they look to redefine the customer experience in today’s quickly changing marketplace.

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  • Why Voice-Based Technology is the Future of Excellent Customer Experience

    Dec 16, 2019

    If it seems like everywhere you turn, you’re being hit with yet another statistic or story about how voice tech is the future. Consider this your wakeup call: it’s time to start paying attention.

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  • AI Can Detect Mental Illness Through Speech-based Mobile App

    Nov 16, 2019

    The advances in AI has enabled computers to assist doctors in detecting diseases and help keep a check on patient health remotely. Now, researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) are working to leverage ML to psychiatry using a speech-based mobile app. This app can categorize patients’ mental status better than humans.

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  • Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments

    Nov 4, 2019

    Led by Amazon’s Alexa, smart speakers’ install base is expected to reach 200 million units worldwide by 2020. A quarter of Americans over the age of 12 own a smart speaker, and the majority of those users have more than one device in their home. Moreover, Apple could sell 50 million of its Airpods this year (generating $8 billion in sales) as Bluetooth earpieces explode in popularity.

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  • Evolution of Speech Recognition Technology

    Oct 22, 2019

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  • 5 ways that future AI assistants will take voice tech to the next level

    Sep 14, 2019

    Since Siri debuted on the iPhone 4s back in 2011, voice assistants have gone from unworkable gimmick to the basis for smart speaker technology found in one in six American homes. “Before Siri, when I talked about [what I do] there were blank stares,” Tom Hebner, head of innovation at Nuance Communications, which develops cutting edge A.I. voice technology, told Digital Trends. “People would say, ‘Do you build those horrible phone systems? I hate you.’ That was one group of people’s only interaction with voice technology.”

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  • Issue 18 - The Impact of Deep Tech + Imagery on the Future of Healthcare

    In the second issue of our Special Report Series, we turn our focus to the imagery modality and the impacts already being felt in the future of healthcare.

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  • Issue 18 - tagSpace: Augmented Reality for the Masses, now Covid Ready

    tagSpace (Azafran Portfolio I) provides a no-code solution for location-based Augmented Reality - With a focus on markets such as music festivals, events and experiences, tagSpace has pivoted to also helping fight the spread of Covid-19.

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