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Smartron
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8/26/2016 | 4:15:13 PM
Re: Silos don't scale
My wife just bought an Echo. I was pleased to find I can add my web site to her skill set. My product is not advertising based so it is a nice match. I wish Cisco well but to my eye scheduling meetings is going out of style. Even looking a slides from a meeting three weeks ago, no matter how quick and easy seems counter intutive. By the way even in my drinking days I never drank light beer!
Joe Stanganelli
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8/23/2016 | 2:18:16 PM
Re: AI / big data / advertising
@Brian: Interestingly, your point is precisely why LinkedIn became reluctant about opening up their data -- and gradually (and, eventually, completely) shut off the tap to their data and APIs...so they could be yet more valuable for acquisition by MSFT or Salesforce.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/23/2016 | 2:16:04 PM
Re: Female AI voices vs male
@Mitch: Being local, I cover as many (relevant) MIT events as I can.  This event -- while offering the benefit of livestreaming (which most MIT events don't) -- was largely poorly managed.  The event organizers who spoke clearly had no clue what they were talking about when they gave their speeches, the questions were chosen "democratically" via an app, and all of *that* focus where highly voted audience questions were concerned -- rather than on the technology -- was stretched to any and all even tangentially related social-justice issues.

Maybe my expectations were too high.  I figured that because it was a technology conference at MIT, the focus would be on, like, technology, or something.

Also, the featured startups later in the day?  Some of them strictly addressed, well, "problems" that are very distinctly Millennial in nature.

I know; I know.  My bias is showing.  Whatever.  I'm old enough now that I don't have to care.  Get off my lawn.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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8/23/2016 | 2:09:01 PM
Re: Silos don't scale
@Mitch: Perhaps mileage varies.  From my own personal experience, Dragon is fantastic, Siri is eh, and Google is a complete mess.

Good point about microphones -- but, realistically speaking, good dictation technology should be able to work with a wide range of "standard" mics/inputs.
Duh!
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8/23/2016 | 12:02:57 PM
Re: White House Intern
I suppose I should turn in my "Boomer" card. 
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8/23/2016 | 11:28:06 AM
Re: AI / big data / advertising
"Monica -- Find me an open, conference room within two miles of my present location at this conference big enough to host 14 and schedule it for 2 o'clock."

"Monica -- find me an Italian restaurant with a private room so I can host a business dinner and schedule it for 7pm for 8 people."

"Monica -- find me a rental car. I don't care what company, but they have to guarantee something with 4-wheel drive is available. I need to pick it up before 4:00." 

Businesses will be reluctant to open up their data, but there's going to be tension between what business people want because they can get it everywhere else and enterprise policy. People will still want an AI-based digital assistant for a variety of reasons during the work day, some of which will be ad opportunities. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Why did Microsoft pay big bucks for LinkedIn? For this. 

--Brian Santo
Mitch Wagner
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8/23/2016 | 10:57:55 AM
Re: Female AI voices vs male
Joe - 

"At a recent conference at MIT on AI, an event completely developed by overprivileged, whiny, Millennial undergrads.... " 

Heh. What were some of the other signs of overprivileged whininess?
Mitch Wagner
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8/23/2016 | 10:56:54 AM
Re: Silos don't scale
Interesting you should say that about Google. Anecdotally, Google's voice recognition is supposedly better than Siri, and Alexa is supposedly best of all. 

Microphone quality has as much or more to do with the quality of service as the software does. Best software in the world is mediocre if the microphone isn't great. 
Mitch Wagner
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8/23/2016 | 10:55:31 AM
Re: White House Intern
Duh! - I actually associated it with Monica from Friends. The Lewinsky connection didn't occur to me until I googled the name. 

At any rate, the associations with the name are among the reasons that Cisco is looking to change it when the service gets to production. 
Mitch Wagner
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8/23/2016 | 10:53:32 AM
Re: AI / big data / advertising
Enterprises will be reluctant to give access to their proprietary information to a company that wants to mine that information to sell ads against it. That makes an ad-supported version of Monica a non-starter. 

The ad business has a natural limit on it - ads have to advertise SOMETHING, which means the ad business will always grow at a pace slower than the larger economy. 
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