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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Amazon Enlists Companies to Enhance Voice

Of interest, it came to mind early on in the enterprise that such AI assistants needed to work together, with the same log-in and access to the same semantic databases, Knowledge Graphs.   Sharing skills and specialized capabilities.   That does not seem to be what this is about, but it is perhaps a first step in the same direction.  Will be following closely.

Amazon enlists 30 companies to improve how voice assistants work together  That includes multiple assistants on the same device that support multiple wake words.   Christine Fisher, @cfisher writes in Engadget

Just because you have an Amazon device doesn't mean you should be limited to interacting with Alexa -- or so Amazon believes. Today, the company announced a new Voice Interoperability Initiative. The goal is to work with other companies so that users can access multiple voice services -- from Alexa to Cortana and Salesforce's Einstein -- on a single device.

"The initiative is built around a shared belief that voice services should work seamlessly alongside one another on a single device, and that voice-enabled products should be designed to support multiple simultaneous wake words," Amazon wrote in a press release.

More than 30 companies have signed on, including brands like BMW, Bose, ecobee, Microsoft, Salesforce, Sonos, Spotify and Samsung-owned Harman. Missing from the lineup of partners are companies like Google, Apple and Samsung -- all three of which have their own voice assistants and dedicated devices. ... " 

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