You know the drill. I find the smartest, edgiest, and hopefully sexiest people I know who have the characteristics of entrepreneurship to contribute advice to The Chancebending Network. Today we’re talking Voice Interfaces with Steven Arkonovich from Philosophical Creations.
Steven talks about Voice Interfaces and how it’s trending in Voice App Development
“The voice space is still in early days. Even though something like 40% of U.S. Households own a stand alone voice assistant, the full breadth of what voice assistants can do still hasn’t really been taken up by consumers, so the devices are used very narrowly. I think we are in a period rather like when a cell phones were widely adopted, but used and thought of only as things to make calls. They are now thought of as a extraordinarily general resource for doing all kinds of things. Voice assistants will be like that.
This sort of narrow conceptualization of voice assistants can be brought out in a couple of ways. First, people only use voice assistants in a couple of main ways: play music, get the weather, and maybe ask a random question. Second, is the general reaction people have when, for example, Amazon puts Alexa in a microwave or a clock. It’s thought of a so niche as to be almost random. But this reveals a certain way of thinking – putting one specialized device inside of another. But if you think of voice as a new kind of interface, it won’t seem random. We will get to the point where the expectation is that you’d be able to talk to most any device you interact with, rather like we now expect to interact by touch to most things with a screen.
Will 2019 be a breakthrough year for this? No idea, but I think one thing that will move this forward quickly is more prevalence of voice assistance in cars and headphones. (Another, is the the voice assistants themselves must get much easier to interact with.) But things will be moving forward quickly on both fronts.”
A little about Steven
Steven Arkonovich is a professor of philosophy and humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. The primary focus of his teaching and scholarship is ethics. Steven was an Alexa enthusiast from the very beginning, actively writing Alexa applications even before there was an API. Steven is the developer of Big Sky, a weather skill for Alexa. Big Sky was named one of Amazon’s “Skills of the Year” for 2018 and has been showcased as one of the best Alexa Skills in CNET, Wired, PC Magazine, and many other publications.
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