Voice-First News Roundup (4/12/19)

Every week we bring you a selection of the most buzzworthy headlines on voice-first and related topics. Here's the news roundup for April 5 - 11, 2019.

Amazon: Are Amazon Workers Listening in on you?, Voice is a Deciding Factor in Future Car Purchases, Alexa Gains Detailed News Reading, Learn How Alexa Works from a 5th Grader

Earlier this week, Bloomberg published an article titled "Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa."As expected, the headline drew attention from news media outlets. Articles with headlines such as "Amazon workers eavesdrop on your talks with Alexa,"  "Thousands of Amazon employees hear what you say to Alexa," and "Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people to listen to your Alexa conversations" were released in the days following, only igniting the conversation around privacy. We'll write a more in-depth post on this topic, which we'll publish next week.  

J.D. Power: Voice is a Deciding Factor in the Vehicle Purchase Decision. 76% of respondents stated that they would want the same brand of voice service they have at home to be on their next vehicle, finds new Amazon and JD Power study. (Amazon Blogs) Download Report.

Amazon Alexa adds detailed news reading option. Rather than just offering up brief summaries of the headlines, you can now go into detail on each news story if you ask it to. You can also easily skip any news that's of no interest to you. (PC Magazine)

Learn how Alexa works from a 5th grader. Aariv Modi is an Alexa enthusiast and skill developer. He has a video and blog post in which he explains how Alexa works. Check them out! (Voicebot.ai)


Amazon and Google Are the Next Big Trend, Can now Launch without a Request

Amazon Echo and Google Home are the next big trend, says entrepreneur and tech investor Gary Vaynerchuk. He believes that the rise of voice-enabled products will place further emphasis on the strength of company brands. (Yahoo Finance)

Amazon Alexa can now invoke skills without a launch request, some Google Actions can also do this, reports Voicebot.ai


Save the date

Seattle- Join Women in Voice for Voice AI Design Thinking & Pitch Workshop April 29, 5-7:30pm at Create 33. Expert judges Rebecca Lovell Director of Create33, MariadelMar Gonzalez, Ph.D. of Pulse Labs, Surbhi Rathore of rammer.ai Techstars, Sarah O'Sell of anim8 collective, and Stephanie Blucker of Microsoft. Women and Allies invited. Tix limited. Register now!

Alexa Live, Free online conference for voice developers. May 2, 2019, 9 am-1pm. Alexa Live brings you 4 tracks and 15+ in-depth technical sessions.  We'll be presenting "Alexa Skill Developer Tools: Build Better Skills Faster" Register now!

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