This month, we're looking at changes in smart speaker user behavior, and continue to focus on the voice technology community's developments and efforts to combat COVID-19. We've also got some exciting announcements about opportunities to join our team.
Welcome to the ninth edition of The Voice Beat newsletter. Once a month, we curate a selection of the latest developments in the voice ecosystem to share with our voice-first community. This month, we've focused the voice technology community's efforts to combat COVID-19.
The Alexa Fund and Techstars have just announced Next Stage, a new Alexa Fund program designed for companies that are past the accelerator stage and ready to build on Alexa.
Ridley Scott's Blade Runner film is set in the future: November 2019. This means that the future of Blade Runner is now, and I wonder: how much of the tech did it get right?
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