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VOICE TECH PREDICTIONS FOR 2020

No, not exactly OUR predictions. We're not Oracles but... we want to predict if others' predictions will turn out or not for 2020. We're just as wise ;) 
So, we went out there and chose our top 5 and gave them a "plausible" prediction score. 1 has the lowest plausibility while 10 is the likeliest to happen:

DZone: In 2020, we will see a greater interest in the development of voice-enabled devices. This will include an increase in mid-level devices: devices that have some assistant functionality but aren’t full-blown smart speakers. Instead, they communicate with your smart speaker, display or even perhaps your phone over Bluetooth where the processing happens on those devices.
PLAUSIBILITY SCORE: 8 > Voice is the next obvious step for anything IoT, mainly due to the availability of several platforms, ready to be integrated, with some very cost-effective. Our talking robotic vacuum has convinced us we have much to expect from the inanimate objects that surround us.

ComScore: By 2020 50% of all searches across the internet will be voice-based.
PLAUSIBILITY SCORE: 3 > Can't imagine half the people in our office searching on Google out loud.

Quoracreative: Google Assistant will soon be smart enough to detect what language is spoken to, just like Google translate.
PLAUSIBILITY SCORE: 10 > This was announced back at CES2019 and it's now coming to Android and iOS, which means you won't need to download an app. The translation is in real time and obviously, which language is spoken, is detected automatically. Awesome tool for travellers.

Business.com: Voice Is the Future of Brand Interaction and Customer Experience
PLAUSIBILITY SCORE : 4 > While the writer does not make any prediction, as to how many businesses will establish a voice strategy, we believe they will need more time to be convinced of the value of preparing for the Voice era. He says that if you've already built a chat bot you're 80% of the way there, to building a skill, and goes on to argue "Besides nailing the Q&A, you’ll want to lock in your name on the voice ecosystem. It works much like claiming a URL or an app name — if you don’t secure it now, you could be forced to use something less-optimal". 2020 we will see more articles in mainstream marketing media about Voice and how to implement a voice strategy but we should start seeing more real world use cases from 2021, onward.

RAIN: Siri Launches a Voice App Marketplace for Brands and Developers
PLAUSIBILITY SCORE: 5 > And that's because you never really know what they're thinking at Apple. Siri has remained a fairly closed-off service since its launch. They first announced at WWDC2016 they would open up Siri to third-party developers but since then have fallen way behind the competition. Siri's creators, who have since gone on to launch a competing assistant, VIV (now part of Samsung), spoke openly about the frustration they felt when Apple elected not to turn Siri into a platform.  Meanwhile Apple announced again in 2019 a deeper access, for developers, to Siri with iOS 13. From an API to a Marketplace is a long way and we doubt it will happen any time soon. 

5+1...and one more from the creative agency RAIN: Next Super Bowl brands will seek to find new ways to be memorable in America’s living rooms by issuing utterances as calls-to-action within their TV spots
PLAUSIBILITY SCORE : 8 > We might not have many real world use cases to show and learn from, yet, but showing what is possible, through ads, is a great way to educate people.

⛄🎄 Our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season! 🎄⛄

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Very proud to have Behavioral Signals included in a Gartner (Nov.19) Report: 5 use cases for Emotion/Behavior AI and their Accuracy levels. Human-literate AI is now a reality and it's showing up in many applications in a diverse set of fields. Whether it’s predicting 'Propensity to Buy' or detecting 'Anger', deep-neural-network based models are helping achieve key business objectives.  Find the full report here >

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Guardian

How to keep secrets from your voice assistant

"Call center workers who check how helpful our voice assistants are say they hear private conversations and couples having sex. Here’s how to avoid sharing your private life". 
Walls have ears; your mother-in-law has ears; wonder which wake-word triggered their virtual assistant to listen-in to their...coitus ;) 
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We're starting a new line of posts, where we ask out teammates a few questions regarding their work at Behavioral Signals and a few more... personal ones. You know, just to figure out what makes them tick ;) And who better to kick this trail than a woman machine learning engineer, Malvina Nikandrou! So head over and read what makes her get out of bed in the morning and who her role models are.

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EVENTS

Project Voice

Project Voice kicks off with keynotes from Amazon's Alexa team, as well as super-developer Nick Schwab, who was featured by CNN for earning enough as a voice dev to pay for his new Tesla. Breakout tracks across Marketing, Healthcare, Storytelling, Smart Home, Education, and Alexa Special Sessions will provide attendees with a vast range of real-time information on the state of Alexa's ecosystem as well as the voice landscape in general. The event is packed with workshops, speakers, and key players.

Date: January 13-17, 2020
Venue: Chattanooga, Tennessee, US

projectvoice.ai

Conversational Interaction Conference

The Conversational Interaction Conference emphasizes delivering usable insights on the state of the underlying NLU and speech recognition technology available for commercial use; tools and services that help companies use conversational technology; case studies of deployments; and best practices for successful use of NLU technology. Rana Gujral, CEO at Behavioral Signals, will also be speaking there on 'Predicting The Future Through Our Voice'. Come and meet him!

Date: February 10-11, 2020
Venue: San Jose, California, US

www.conversationalinteraction.com
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