#Voice Assistant
  • Alibaba to invest $1B on AI integration with smart speaker

    May 21, 2020

    Chinese e-commerce giant will use the funds to bolster its artificial intelligence and Internet of Things ecosystem that supports Tmall Genie, including linking more content and services from Alibaba’s wider ecosystem that spans entertainment, healthcare, and education.

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  • Voice Assistant Usage Seen Growing To 8.4 Billion Devices

    Apr 28, 2020

    As consumer usage of voice assistants continues to skyrocket, the companies behind those assistants look for business models to monetize all that voice. Consumers will interact with voice assistants on 8.4 billion devices by 2024, according to a new study by Juniper Research.

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  • Will lockdown help voice tech show what it's really made of?

    Apr 20, 2020

    From its potential as a health diagnostic tool, to simply helping with loneliness, voice technology has reached new heights during the coronavirus pandemic. Marek Wrobel wonders if it will change things forever.

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  • Bank Of America's Virtual Assistant Now Has More Than 10 Million Users

    Dec 12, 2019

    It’s not only fintechs that can lure millions of customers their way. Bank of America’s voice-activated virtual assistant Erica now has more than ten million users.

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  • AirAsia shutters call centres to go all-in on chatbot and voice AI

    Dec 12, 2019

    The future of customer service is messaging and voice-based artificial intelligence, according to the airline.

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  • Tech Giants Team Up to Make AI Voice Assistants Device-Agnostic

    Sep 25, 2019

    A groundbreaking project, the Voice Interoperability Initiative, led by a host of major technology companies – including Amazon, Baidu, Intel, Microsoft, Orange, Salesforce, Sony and many others – aims to let customers access multiple different AI voice assistants on any device, just by saying its wake word.

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  • People Want Voice Assistants to Mirror Them: Study

    Sep 23, 2019

    The study, titled Mirroring to Build Trust in Digital Assistants was conceived by scientists working for Apple as a way to look at how people respond to different kinds of responses from voice assistants. Researchers examined people’s tone, mannerisms, and other elements of conversation to learn how to build an assistant that users are more comfortable speaking with and using regularly. The report was presented this month at the Interspeech 2019 conference in Graz, Austria.

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  • GM will integrate Google apps and voice assistant into vehicles starting in 2021

    Sep 5, 2019

    DETROIT – General Motors and Google are teaming up to install the tech giant’s voice assistant and apps, including Google Maps, into GM vehicles beginning in 2021.

    The partnership, announced Thursday, marks a significant milestone for both the automotive and tech industries as the sectors continue to converge in attempt to better integrate into cars to appease consumers who’ve grown accustomed to using technology in their homes and on their phones.

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  • How AI And Voice Technologies Help People With Disabilities Live Independently

    Sep 2, 2019

    A group of Loughborough University academics have been awarded funding to examine how AI-voice-based technologies, such as the Amazon Echo, help people with disabilities live independently and explore how they may shape the future of social care.

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  • Google Again Leads in Voice Assistant IQ Test but Alexa is Closing the Gap According to Loup Ventures

    Aug 19, 2019

    Loup Ventures published its annual Voice Assistant IQ test on Friday and found that once again Google Assistant led over Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri. Google Assistant answered 93% of the 800-query test questions correctly compared to 83% for Siri and 80% for Alexa. The test was conducted on smartphones to gauge voice assistant performance on mobile devices and follows a similar study from December 2018 focused on smart speaker performance. Previous tests also included Microsoft’s Cortana but it was removed in 2019 due to the company’s shift away from the consumer voice assistant segment.

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