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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Google Explores Podcasts

In the past I ran an internal podcast in a large company. Have always been interested in podcasts as an information channel, but also one that that had issues, for example it is a serial channel, and takes time to ingest that way.  Just recently have started to explore Podcasts again. Especially through voice interfaces.   Below work Google is doing in the space.  Note 'discovering' and efficient playing.    How can AI be used to analyze some of the content and its interaction with other online knowledge?  Captioning a good example.  Both challenges in the channel when using Podcasts.

Google is developing an experimental podcast app called Shortwave    By Russell Brandom  @russellbrandom in TheVerge

An experimental unit within Google has been quietly developing a new app for discovering and playing podcasts. Called Shortwave, the new app was revealed by a trademark filing embedded below, which describes it as “allow[ing] users to search, access, and play digital audio files, and to share links to audio files.”

Nothing in the trademark filing specifies the kind of audio being accessed, but a Google representative said the focus of the app was on spoken word content. There is little public information about the app, although Google has played with smart captioning, translation, and other AI-assisted features in previous podcast products. ... " 

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