Attending the Voice Summit in Newark in July was a great experience, hearing about all the amazing things people have and are creating with the voice space showed how both new voice first is but how much the global community is creating.
I had been using writing on Medium for the first half of this year to work out voice, where it fitted in the world, what was the point, was it all hype and what do I need to pay attention too. During this 6-month period, the process of writing and experimenting enabled me to learn a lot, and for anyone looking to embrace a new thing I would recommend the process of writing and experimenting.
Many learnings came out that period; the biggest was, watch out for what Siri will become.
After Voice Summit and writing up a summary of this fantastic event, I found myself not having anything else to say about with voice. I had established my thoughts/position (for the time being), so any new blog ideas would fall flat after 100 words.
On reflection this was due to either, I had already written about the thought in a previous post almost verbatim, I now had a bias due to my future commercial interests in voice, or there were just no more words I could find on that topic.
I spoke to people about this who also write, and they confirmed that it happens, some people keep writing, others take a break, and others stop. It is why most podcasts only last 23 episodes because after 23 shows you talk about everything you want too. I decided to stop writing about voice until I could think of 15 articles I wanted to both write about and I wanted to read. It took 2 months until this post and forming these 15 articles (well 16).
It may change as time goes on but below are the next 16 posts, they are currently not in any order so if you want to see one sooner, send me a note or add a comment to this post. If you would like to collaborate on any of these posts since you have domain expertise in that area, it would be great to hear from you.
- What would a voice social network look like
- How does voice first work when it is noisy
- Will you need access to the raw audio file
- What if you can’t speak
- Is voice another input or something new
- Which is faster talking, typing, emoji’s
- Generated voices vs voice actors
- How voice is going to be monetised
- The problem when Amazon dominates
- Where audio first should be better
- Transparency of privacy in natural language learning
- 10 ways Amazon should improve Alexa
- When talking to a machine is better than a person
- Time to fix IVR and customer services
- Being a parent of voice and being a child of voice
- When voice is everywhere, will it be too much
P.S The Made For Voice podcast is also starting soon, just editing the episodes 😊