Why Voice Assistants will Become the Ultimate Monetization Machines

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Voice assistants are the next big thing. Some say they're the next mobile, though I don't even know if that's accurate or an understatement. All the major platform companies have one, and startups building them appear ever faster, making it hard to even keep track of everything. The point is, they are going to be everywhere and are going to dominate the way we interact with our computers. Yet I hear many questioning if these assistants are even viable from a business perspective.


THE AI DISRUPTION BUNDLE: The guide to understanding how artificial intelligence is impacting the world

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This is a preview of a research report bundle from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here. AI is the future of technology. Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have even publicly debated whether or not that will turn out to be a good thing. Voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa have become more and more prominent in our lives, and that will only increase as they learn more skills.


THE AI DISRUPTION BUNDLE: The guide to understanding how artificial intelligence is impacting the world

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This is a preview of a research report bundle from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here. AI is the future of technology. Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have even publicly debated whether or not that will turn out to be a good thing. Voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa have become more and more prominent in our lives, and that will only increase as they learn more skills.


John Legend is one of six new Google Assistant voices

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At the annual I/O developers conference on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that users now have six additional options for their Assistant's voice, one of which is that of famed singer/songwriter John Legend. The new voices arrive thanks to the company's work with Wavenet technology over the last year. They'll be available for both mobile and the Google Home beginning later today. Click here to catch up on the latest news from Google I/O 2018!


Xiaomi's next A.I.-packed voice assistant speaker may support Cortana

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Xiaomi revealed through its Mi Community that it will offer a new voice assistant speaker for $30 in January. Sold by Xiaomi subsidiary Yeelight, the big deal with this device is that it will sport two virtual assistants: One based on Xiaomi artificial intelligence technology to be used within China, and Amazon Alexa for customers located in the Western market. This dual-A.I. support enables Yeelight to sell the voice assistant speaker on a global scale.