The Voice Tech Tsunami – Nimdzi LIVE! Episode 41 (feat. Joan Palmiter Bajorek)

Voice and the conversational AI field is flourishing. It is redefining how we interact with computers, i.e. NLP, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Watch. Tech giants Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are investing heavily in voice technology in both hardware and software. Famed investor, Mark Cuban, recently stated, “There’s no future that doesn’t have ambient computing or voice activation. None.” However, voice tech still has significant race and gender biases (HBR, Bajorek, 2019), that have perilous implications for immigration, job hiring, transportation, surveillance, and more. One of the keys to fixing bias is the people in the room, the pipelines and retention of racial and gender diversity at companies.

Celebration of female talent and community are core goals of Women in Voice, the nonprofit with 20 chapters in 14 countries.

Women in Voice also champions female founders and VC investment in this space. Recently their partnership with the Amazon Alexa Startups team has showcased conversational AI and voice innovation from all around the world. All of this is on a mission to make society and voice technology better for everyone.

Our guest today is Joan Palmiter Bajorek

Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek is a founder, entrepreneur, public speaker, influencer, mentor, and advisor. Her career moves the needle for technical and social innovation.

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There is a shadow industry driving the growth of ALL global brands: Localization. Let’s talk globalization, localization, translation, interpretation, language, and culture, with an emphasis on how it affects your business, whether you have a scrappy start-up or are working in a top global brand. Topics are taken from the most recently published market research from Nimdzi Insights (and other sources) and will feature guest speakers from time to time. If you have suggestions for new topics or guests or would like to be a guest yourself, please reach out to our producers at [email protected] to pitch your idea.

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11 November 2021

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