Below is the content of the Voice First Digest weekly newsletter for April 19th, 2020.  The newsletter as of today goes to more than 10,500 subscribers.  If you would like to receive the newslletter via email, please subscribe here.

This week’s articles round up

Call to Action of the week

Practical tips article of the week

Announcement of the Week

Witlingo skill of the week

Flash Briefing of the week

Podcast of the week

Video of the week

Quick Twitter Poll of the week

Voice First Fact of the week

  • “Almost a third of consumers prefer voice over typing a search query” (Source: “32% of consumers use voice technology every day to conduct search queries that they used to type”:

Notable upcoming events

Call for Speakers of the week

Voice First Term of the week

  • “Mixed-initiative Dialog”: “Interactions where the user may unilaterally issue a request rather than simply provide exactly the information asked for by the assistant.  For instance, while making a flight reservation, the assistant may ask the user, “What day are you planning to flight out?”  Instead of answering that question, the user may say, “I’m flying to Denver, Colorado.”  A Mixed-initiative system would recognize that the user provided not the exact answer to the question asked, but also (additive), or instead (substitutive), volunteered information that was going to be requested by the system later on.  Such a system would accept this information, remember it, and continue the conversation.  In contrast, a “Directed Dialog” system would rigidly insist on the departure date and won’t proceed successfully unless it received that piece of information.”

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