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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.
Good point about microphones -- but, realistically speaking, good dictation technology should be able to work with a wide range of "standard" mics/inputs.
"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.
"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?
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.
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.
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.