Mobile Voice Conference to Deal with a Fundamental Trend

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The Applied Voice Input Output Society (AVIOS) announced its annual Mobile Voice Conference (MVC, will be held in San Francisco, March 3-5, 2014. The conference focuses on commercial applications of language technology such as speech recognition and natural language interpretation, and how companies can take advantage of these technologies finally having passed the “tipping point” of mass adoption.

AVIOS claims that the trend is a fundamental change that addresses the increasing complexity of dealing with the proliferation of devices, features, and communications that overwhelms the average user—“digital overload.” The most obvious examples of the simplifying potential of language technologies are mobile personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s S-Voice and Google’s natural-language voice search. These broad services exemplify the power of the technology. The maturing of the underlying technologies will be reflected in many areas--including consumer services, contact centers and internal company operations--and in many applications, such as speech analytics to summarize voice interactions such as customer and conference calls. Supporting technologies such as biometric speaker authentication and text-to-speech synthesis today similarly support broad adoption.

William Meisel, the conference program organizer, editor of Speech Strategy News, and author of The Software Society, said, “At the core, these language technologies are statistical methods that analyze large amounts of data--what is sometimes called ‘machine learning.’ As such, they improve as they are used, providing more data for analysis, and they are used more as they improve--a virtuous cycle that will continue.”

K. W. 'Bill' Scholz, AVIOS president and president, NewSpeech, said, “AVIOS has for decades promoted the practical use of speech technology. As happens with many difficult technologies, it takes a confluence of technical and market advances to make what was slow and steady progress seem like a magical explosion. One of the market factors driving acceptance of the technology has been the growth in mobile phones, where the small form factor and nature of the device encourages voice interaction. The acceptance in the mobile space creates familiarity that will drive adoption in other areas.”

The Mobile Voice Conference emphasizes content and quality talks. There is no exhibit hall, but many opportunities for networking. Details are forthcoming at

Speaking suggestions and sponsorship inquiries can be addressed to info(at)mobilevoiceconference(dot)com.

About the Applied Voice Input Output Society

AVIOS is non-profit organization promoting the speech technology industry for over a quarter-century. For more info, see

About Speech Strategy News

Bill Meisel's TMA Associates publishes Speech Strategy News, a no-ads, paid-subscription newsletter with 241 monthly issues so far. Bill recently published The Software Society: Cultural and Economic Impact and blogs on related subjects.

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