Listen on your favorite podcast player:
TuneIn: on your smart speaker, say:
"Alexa, play This Week in Voice."
"Hey Google, play This Week in Voice podcast."
Timestamps and stories (sources linked):
1) 04:15: Amazon's Super Bowl ad, featuring Harrison Ford, is already drawing positive reviews in advance of the big game
Amazon is reassuring us that they can be trusted (PR wake)
“Not everything makes the cut” re: Amazon Alexa hardware
I love this - very Bezos: Queen: “Don’t Stop Me Now” plays at the end
Celebrities and testimonial - well cast, diverse (Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker, Broad City women, astronauts)
A little creepy
Transparency about product failure - brands can make mistakes (this is the zeitgeist we’re in)
10:35 - Amazon Alexa microwave
Moore’s Law (Jason)
15:45 - another Apple security breach with Facetime Groups - microphone on before call is answered
17:50 - is Apple’s quality decreasing?
3) Voicebot.AI Story of the Week: Walmart pulls out of Google Express and Google Shopping Actions
This is about DATA
Remember Mattel’s Aristotle, a 2017 Alexa kids smart speaker that never made it to market? Because privacy concerns.
“Mattel announced on Wednesday that it was canceling plans to bring to market a smart device called Aristotle, which was aimed at children from infancy to adolescence and was set to hit stores in 2018.” -NYT, 10/5/2017
What is “post-gender”!?