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The Sonic Voices Multicast

The Sonic Voices Multicast

By Witlingo
The Sonic Voices Multicast is a monthly podcast that lets listeners hear what several pioneers in the field of human language technology, voice first, audio, sonic branding, and other adjacent specialties, are up to. Each pioneer will speak for about 1 to 3 minutes to fill in the audience on what they are doing and thinking about as they push forward with building for a new emerging Sonic world.
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Episode 1: The Pilot Multicast

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Episode 10: Human Alexas want their name back....
In this special Episode of The Sonic Voices Multicast, hear from mothers of children called Alexa, people who are called Alexa, and technologists, who are all calling on Amazon to change the name of its voicebot from that of Alexa to that of a non-human name (such as "Amazon"). For more on this subject, please go here: The I Am Alexa Alliance Amazon, can I have my name back? (The Washington Post, December 27, 2021) Alex can we have our name back (The Washington Post, December 3, 2021) Teen girl called Alexa legally changed her name and switched schools after relentless bullying for having the same name as the Amazon assistant (July 2, 2021 — Business Insider) Parents of children called Alexa challenge Amazon (BBC, July 2, 2021) The Jeremy Vine Show (BBC, July 2, 2021) People called Alexa want Amazon to change its virtual assistant’s name (Techpost, July 2, 2021) Teen named Alexa changes identity after bullying over Amazon assistant (The New York Post, July 2, 2021)
22:44
June 30, 2022
Episode 9: Voice First Top of Minds.....
In this episode of The Sonic Voices Multicast, the prompt for the participants was: 'I am sure you have a lot of things that are on your mind as a professional in the voice first/audio/radio space.  If you were to pick one thing amonth those that you would say has been top of mind for you lately, some new thing you have learned, an insight you bumped into or came up with, what would it be?.' The answers touch on: The explosion of interest in audio and all matters sonic, the question of how to move better, faster, cheaper when it comes to deploying audio for marketers, the difference between “conversation” vs. “conversational,” on firsts, the first audio, and the exciting firsts ahead of us, the return of in-person events, Stella the talking dog, the rapid emergence synthetic voices, the sounds of Ukraine, Voice inclusivity and race, Voice first and the Metaverse, and the relevance of Gilles Deleuze. The participants for this episode are: Ahmed Bouzid, Audrey Arbeeny, Emily Uematsu Banzhaf, Jim Kennelly, Julia Anderson,  Kane Simms, Leor Grebler, Loyd Ford, Dr Maria Aretoulaki, Nick Sawka, and Roger Kibbe. The Flash Briefing version of this Multicast is available here: The Audio Wall version can be found here: And the Spotlight version can be found here: For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com.
22:08
May 01, 2022
Episode 8: Theme songs & Commercial jingles...
In this episode of The Sonic Voices Multicast, the prompt for the participants was: 'Pick a sound that has meaning to you, that makes you feel something (good or bad), let us hear it, and then tell us why you picked it and what it means to you.  To make things interesting: no music please.'  Show themes picked are from the following shows/movies: Speed Racer, Original Star Trek, I Dream of Jeannie, Indiana Jones, Family Matters, Southwest Airlines, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lavern and Shirley The participants for this episode are: Ahmed Bouzid, Audrey Arbeeny, Emily Uematsu Banzhaf, Jim Kennelly, Julia Anderson, Leor Grebler, Dr Maria Aretoulaki, and Loyd Ford. The Flash Briefing version of this Multicast is available here: The Audio Wall version can be found here: And the Spotlight version can be found here:  For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com.
16:23
April 02, 2022
Episode 7: A sound that means something to you....
In this episode of The Sonic Voices Multicast, the prompt for the participants was: 'Pick a sound that has meaning to you, that makes you feel something (good or bad), let us hear it, and then tell us why you picked it and what it means to you.  To make things interesting: no music please.'  The sounds picked are: Sizzling food, The Price is Right’s Trombone, The Talking Time alarm sound, the spam call bloop, the basketball buzzard, a baby laughing, birds chirping, a dog’s piercing barking, noises of cutlery being put away, the iPone notification, finger cymbals, ocean waves, and the sounds of seagulls and other beach birds. The participants for this episode are: Ahmed Bouzid, Audrey Arbeeny, Benjamin McCulloch, Deborah Dahl, Emily Banzhaf, Julia Anderson, Kane Simms, Leor Grebler, Loyd Ford, Nick Sawka, Roger Kibbe, and Supriya Kulkarni. The Flash Briefing version of this Multicast is available here. The Audio Wall version can be found here. And the Spotlight version can be found here. For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com.
24:01
March 05, 2022
Episode 6: Voice First Quotables...
This is the first episode of Season Two of The Sonic Voices Multicast, a monthly podcast that lets listeners hear what several pioneers in the field of human language technology, voice first, audio, sonic branding, and other adjacent specialties, are up to. This month, we asked our voice first and sonic experts the following: "Pick one passage from a book, article, video, podcast, or even a Tweet or a Linkedin post, etc., that you really like that deals with something related to voice, audio, etc., then read it and tell us briefly what it means and what you like it. Please make sure you provide enough info. so that people can locate the source." The speakers this month are: Ahmed Bouzid, Audrey Arbeeny, Benjamin McCulloch, Deborah Dahl, Emily Uematsu Banzhaf, Jim Kennelly, Julia Anderson, Kane Simms, Loyd Ford, Maria Aretoulaki, and Nicholas E. Sawka. The Flash Briefing version of this Multicast is available here: https://www.amazon.com/The-Sonic-Voices-Multicast-Briefing/dp/B09QYZL28P/ The Audio Wall version can be found here: https://witlingo.com/the-sonic-voices-audio-wall/ And the Spotlight version: https://witlingo.com/the-sonic-voices-spotlight/ For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com
31:26
February 05, 2022
Episode 5: Final Thoughts for 2021....
This is the final episode of Season One of The Sonic Voices Multicast, a monthly podcast that lets listeners hear what several pioneers in the field of human language technology, voice first, audio, sonic branding, and other adjacent specialties, are up to. This month, we asked each one of our experts one specific question tailored to them. The speakers this month are: Ahmed Bouzid, Audrey Arbeeny, Deborah Dahl, Emily Banzhaf, Julia Anderson, Leor Grebler, Loyd Ford, Nick Sawka, Rebecca Evanhoe, Roger Kibbe, Steve Keller, and Supriya Kulkarni. For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com
27:49
December 28, 2021
Episode 4: What is your one wish for making voicebots better?
This is the fourth episode of The Sonic Voices Multicast, a monthly podcast that lets listeners hear what several pioneers in the field of human language technology, voice first, audio, sonic branding, and other adjacent specialties, are up to.   This month, this is the prompt that the speakers are addressing: ""If a Voicebot genie granted you one wish whose fulfillment would greatly improve the quality of voicebots, what would that wish be?" Example: Command the establishment of a standard of conduct that these voicebots must observe so that users know how to use them. The speakers this month are: Ahmed Bouzid, Audrey Arbeeny, Benjamin McCulloch, Deborah Dahl, Emily Banzhaf, Julia Anderson, Leor Grebler, Loyd Ford, Nick Sawka and Supriya Kulkarni. For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com
19:44
November 30, 2021
Episode 3: Where are the missing opportunities in Voice?
This is the third episode of The Sonic Voices Multicast, a monthly podcast that lets listeners hear what several pioneers in the field of human language technology, voice first, audio, sonic branding, and other adjacent specialties, are up to.   This month, this is the prompt that the speakers are addressing: "Where are the missing opportunities in voice? What are industries, groups, other groups etc. that have underutilized voice/have not taken advantage of voice opportunities?” The speakers this month are: Ahmed Bouzid, Audrey Arbeeny, Benjamin McCulloch, Deborah Dahl, Emily Banzhaf, Jim Kennelly, Julia Anderson, Leor Grebler, Loyd Ford, Nick Sawka, Roger Kibbe, Rebecca Evanhoe, and Supriya Kulkarni. This Multicast was built on the Witlingo Studio platform. For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com
30:59
October 31, 2021
Episode 2: Can Voicebots be our friends?
This is the second episode of The Sonic Voices Multicast, a monthly podcast that lets listeners hear what several pioneers in the field of human language technology, voice first, audio, sonic branding, and other adjacent specialties, are up to.   This month, this is the prompt that the speakers are addressing: "Many users of voice assistants (and Amazon Alexa especially) really do feel that Alexa is "a friend" or even "a member of the family."  Is that something to be concerned about, something to worry over, or is it just the usual thing of humans doing with technology what they will?" The speakers this month are: Ahmed Bouzid, Audrey Arbeeny, Benjamin McCulloch, Deborah Dahl, Emily Banzhaf, Jim Kennelly, Julia Anderson, Kane Simms, Leor Grebler, Roger Kibbe, Steve Keller, and Supriya Kulkarni. For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com
28:21
September 29, 2021
Episode 1: The Pilot Multicast
This is the pilot episodes of The Sonic Voices Multicast, a monthly podcast that lets listeners hear what several pioneers in the field of human language technology, voice first, audio, sonic branding, and other adjacent specialties, are up to.  Each pioneer will speak for about 1 to 3 minutes to fill in the audience on what they are doing and thinking about as they push forward with building for a new emerging Sonic world. The speakers this month are: Ahmed Bouzid, Benjamin McCulloch, Deborah Dahl, Diana Deibel, Emily Banzhaf, Jim Kennelly, Jodi Krangle, Julia Anderson, Kane Simms, Leor Grebler, Rebecca Evanhoe, Roger Kibbe, Shyamala Prayaga, Steve Keller, Supriya Kulkarni, and Suze Cooper. For questions and feedback, please feel free to send an email to sonic@witlingo.com
36:25
August 31, 2021