The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS) is a not-for-profit private foundation founded in 1981 with the goals of informing, educating, and providing resources to developers and designers of new and changing speech and natural language technologies. AVIOS endeavors to create linkages between users, developers, and researchers to advance speech and multimodal technology with a long tradition of conferences, varied workshops around the country and the annual student speech application contest.
The fourth Conversational Interaction Conference was held in San Jose, California, February 10-11, 2020. The conference explored the major revolution in user interaction with digital systems and software—conversing with computers in human language through text or voice. The CI Conference is organized by AVIOS (Applied Voice Input Output Society) and Bill Meisel’s TMA Associates.
The conference was focused on the content of talks, with no exhibit hall. It covered the depth and breadth of what is happening commercially in using natural language with text or speech interaction as a key enhancement of the user interface with digital systems. Attendees praised the content, quality of talks, and the intimate and friendly networking atmosphere.
View from AVIOS ... Google’s Duplex Lets a Bot Be Your Voice
Thanks to the Duplex technology, Google Assistant can make simple calls on your behalf. But how much automation is too much?
By Phil Shinn
This summer Google rolled out Duplex, its technology for conducting two-way real-world conversations over the phone, with Google Assistant holding up your end of a call. It was demoed at the Google I/O developer conference by Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, who noted that 60% of small businesses don’t have automated reservation systems. Read more
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AVIOS has Meetup groups in New York, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Anyone interested in the conversational interface, professional or just starting out, is welcome. In our local chapter meetups we host talks by people developing new conversational technologies. If you'd like to present, to learn from your peers, or learn something new, you are encouraged to join.