Here’s a great talk from Build 2019 about the importance of design in creating Voice and chat virtual assistants.

Designing a natural language interface can be difficult, is the interface supposed to be able to interpret every single nuance of speech? and how about slang? Or should we aim more towards forced language and make our users learn how to interact with simple commands? All the big companies are making huge investments in AI personal assistants. Amazon has Alexa, Google has Google assistant, Apple has Siri and Microsoft has Cortana to name a few. 40% of adults use voice commands at least once per day. But for most people talking to their devices still feels a bit strange at times. Get ready now, and your bots and apps will be a delight to talk to!

“This week in Cognitive” is focused on providing developers with a weekly look at what’s new and exciting in the area of Cognitive Services and Pre-Built AI.

This week Noelle LaCharite takes a look at the newly Generally Available service called Unified Speech as well as some preview services in speech that are fun to play around with. We will walk through the resources you need to get started and show you a demo that will get you thinking about how you can use Cognitive Search, Bots and Custom Speech to deliver delightful experiences to customers.

Project links:

https://github.com/Microsoft/BotFramework-WebChat

https://github.com/Azure-Samples/Cognitive-Speech-STT-Windows

https://github.com/Azure-Samples/Cognitive-Speech-TTS