Welcome to Talkabot, Austin's meetup for bots, voice and conversational software!
This meetup is for anyone looking to better understand the emerging technologies surrounding text and voice-based software experiences. We want to invite professionals of all backgrounds to come learn from our experienced guests in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Want to see what attending a Talkabot meetup is like? Check out this recap video from our May meetup below:
You can also find presentations from previous meetups at the Talkabot ATX YouTube playlist (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD3JNfKLDs7UnUsKuKWHplfatJVcLEGPt).
In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as organizers pledge to make participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation. Please check this code of conduct (http://contributor-covenant.org/version/1/4/) for more information.
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This month's schedule:
6:00 pm - Grab some refreshments courtesy of our sponsors
6:20 pm - Welcome message and open floor for introductions
6:25 pm - Sam Johnson - BadJupiter, http://badjupiter.com/
BadJupiter is a personal assistant bot that learns about the world through interactions with users. His main purpose in life is to help people discover, remember, and share insights about stuff that’s interesting and important to them. However, his skills-based architecture makes it possible to expand his services beyond just managing information.
Sam will talk about how the software architecture for BadJupiter’s multi-persona, multi-channel conversational interface has evolved over the past year and a half, and about some of the design decisions made as they've built (and re-built) the various components.
6:45 pm - IPSoft Austin - Amelia, http://ipsoft.com/amelia
Some of the team at IPSoft Austin would like to introduce everyone to their virtual worker offering, Amelia. With a focus on the enterprise, IPSoft will cover their process for how to approach each customer with their individual needs, building out a virtual worker so that it provides function and not just information, and how to improve the virtual worker over time.
Presenting from the IPSoft Austin team: Derrick Steele (Cognitive Implementation Engineer), Tom Peres (Cognitive Technical Architect) and Patrick Marlow (Senior Manager, Solutions Architect).
7:10 pm - Matt Buck - Voxable, https://www.voxable.io/
“The History and Future of Speaking with Machines”
Though ubiquitous voice interfaces like the Google Home and Amazon Alexa became available only recently, the history of humanity’s attempts to converse with machines goes back centuries. We’ll review the history of the effort to give machines voice: from the earliest attempts at mimicking the human vocal tract, to giving machines the ability to read our thoughts.
By listening to examples of the progression of speech synthesis technology, and by learning about the tremendous effort it has taken to enable speech recognition and Natural Language Understanding, we’ll develop an understanding of how monumental an achievement today’s conversational interfaces truly are. Most importantly, we’ll explore the ways in which speaking with machines will transform our lives and our society in the years to come.
7:45 pm - Post-meetup hangs at Lazarus Brewing (1902 E. 6th St)
Many thanks to our community partners and sponsors!
Howdy - http://howdy.ai/
Voxable - http://voxable.io/
Message.io - https://message.io/
Condé Nast - http://condenast.com/austin/ (http://www.condenast.com/austin/)
Cisco Spark - https://ciscospark.com/