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Flash Opinion: Minds behind Bars…

By Witlingo | October 11, 2021

October 10, 2021 By Ahmed Bouzid (Founder & CEO at Witlingo) One of the (many) ill consequences of mega Tech companies hording talent and operating in top secrecy is the near absolute muzzling that they impose on their engineers, product managers, designers, researchers, etc., in freely engaging the world. Anything that they talk about needs to be […]

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Flash Exchange with Dr. Debbie Dahl: On ‘Friendly’ Voicebots

By Witlingo | September 24, 2021

Ahmed Bouzid: I posted the following for this month’s Sonic Voices Multicast, which triggered this quick exchange between Dr. Deborah Dahl and myself over email. First, the post and then the exchange. Dr. Deborah Dahl: I loved your post and I agree 100%. I would add that an overly friendly bot is not terribly different […]

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How Voice Search and Marketing Can Improve Your Business

By Witlingo | September 3, 2021

September 5, 2021 Nothing in the world continues without evolving. With the rise of the Voice First Web, it is becoming crucial for businesses to optimize for voice searches and take advantage of voice marketing. Failing to do so can lead to missing a vast segment of the population. Understanding the Extent of The Voice […]

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The “Alexa” Backlash

By Witlingo | August 21, 2021

August 21, 2021 By Ahmed Bouzid (Founder & CEO at Witlingo) As you may know — or perhaps not — several mothers of children named “Alexa” are agitating for Amazon to drop the name “Alexa” for something that is not a name that a human being uses. A few articles have been recently published on this, and […]

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Sound and Language: Homogeneity and Decentalization

By Witlingo | August 7, 2021

August 7, 2021 By Ahmed Bouzid (Founder & CEO at Witlingo) Once in a while (but not often enough) someone says something that moves forward your underanding of something that is important to you. This happened to me this past Tuesday [August 3, 2021] on Steve Keller‘s weekly Clubhouse room (Society of Sound Thinking) when Roger Sho Gehrmann, one of […]

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Displacing Human Labor: Should Technologists care?

By Witlingo | July 31, 2021

July 31, 2021 By Ahmed Bouzid (Founder & CEO at Witlingo) Among the show notes of a recent episode of VO BOSS, the premiere podcast that focuses on the world of voiceover talents and voice acting, one can read this blurb: Do you have a plan B for your voiceover business? Now is the time to up […]

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Five Basic Tenets to Designing a Usable Voicebot

By Witlingo | July 25, 2021

July 26, 2021 By Ahmed Bouzid (Founder & CEO at Witlingo) While designing your voicebot for high usability, always remember the following five tenets. They will keep you safe from one-way doors and other UX design complications that are easy to get into if you are not careful. 1. The voicebot is a tool The […]

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Amazon Alexa: Moving from quantity to quality with 3rd Party Skills

By Witlingo | July 17, 2021

July 17, 2021 By Ahmed Bouzid (Founder & CEO at Witlingo) Someone recently asked me: Ahmed, are you for Alexa or against Alexa? They were confused, since they read me several times sing the praises of Alexa and the team behind it, and then, once in a while, heap heavy criticism (even scorn) upon it […]

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Voice Assistants in Cars

By Witlingo | July 10, 2021

July 10, 2021 By Lisa Brandt (Voice Artist & Blogger at Witlingo) In my long career as a radio announcer, stats showed that listening to radio is mainly a solitary experience. So, I wondered, are most people alone when they talk to AI? Are they using Alexa, Google, Bixby and the others to keep them company as […]

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