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Body language and facial expressions have always been thought of as the prime channels for conveying emotion. But over the years we've learned that there are countless ways to manipulate them and mask what we really feel. Everyone has pulled a smile when they didn't feel like it, or acted like they were having fun when they actually just wanted to go home. It's almost instinctive.
But what about voice?
Turns out it's much tougher to disguise your true emotions when you speak. Not only do you have to measure what words you're going to say, but also control your facial expressions, body language, and several vocal cues—like pitch, cadence, speed and volume. It's a lot to spin at the same time, which makes your voice the most accurate medium for listeners to perceive your emotional state.
Children can be eccentric little talkers. Their made-up words and "creative" pronunciation are notoriously difficult for traditional speech recognition technology to make sense of. But while most voice-enabled devices have the misguided optimism that kids will speak to them somewhat normally (often to much disappointment), some voice-first companies have dedicated themselves to truly understanding how kids talk and carefully adapting their tech to them.
Voice technology is an exciting field that anyone can get a fresh start in. Now with everyone at home and some with substantially more time on their hands, it's a great opportunity to plump your resume so you're ready to jump into a new job as soon as society bounces back.
The time to find new ways of staying connected has never been better, and the appetite for new and interesting is only growing. With live events helping to fill the plate, we decided it was the right moment to release a little project that we've been working on for the past few months.
VOICE Talks is an exciting monthly livestream series sponsored by Google Assistant and hosted by their very own Sofia Altuna to invite you behind the curtain and learn what's really happening in Voice around the world. VOICE Talks is set to launch this April 28th and it's completely free to join.
Discover, network, and have a drink or two at the best voice technology conferences in 2020.
Every so often you'll hear about a special meetup, brunch, or large-scale event that nudges you out of the office to peek at what everyone else in your industry is doing. From keynotes and workshops to productive coffee breaks with potential clients, conferences are typically a worthwhile business expense.
In the voice-first era, businesses know that having a distinct brand voice makes them more personable and memorable. Similarly, individuals also express themselves and channel their personality using their voice.
For Sean, who lost his voice due to throat cancer, speaking is no longer a way for him to do that. In a way, losing his voice also fizzled his sense of identity. Sure, he can use speech-to-text technology to communicate and maintain his social life, but hearing yourself sound like an ATM can dampen conversations and take a sharp dig at your self esteem.
Humans are emotionally complex. Not just in how we feel, but in how we convey those feelings. What you say and what you do communicates only a fraction of your emotions. Thousands of other cues in body language, facial expressions, and especially in the tone of your voice can paint a vivid picture of how you feel at any particular moment.