Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana: Beyond The Hype...


The Voice interface (especially in the form of the Amazon Echo and Google Home) has seen a rapid rate of adoption that, astonishingly, rivals, and some say even surpasses, the rate of adoption that we saw for smartphones/tablets and social media. What we have also witnessed over the past 10 years is a deep infiltration into our lives -- our habits, our way of thinking, working, consuming information, interacting with each other -- of smartphones and social media that in many ways has been detrimental to our physical and psychological wellbeing.

In this Meetup, we will discuss what lessons we have learned -- or should have learned -- from the emergence of smartphones and social media and their effect, positive and negative, on our lives, and how we can adopt a constructively critical perspective with the newly emerging voice technology. How can we move away from our default naive, unchallenging embrace of high tech, to one where we carefully examine the effect of a technology on our life and our health and adopt such technology in a way that respects the core tenets of living a good life: meaningful connectedness, critical thinking, an ethos of learning deeply, taking care of our bodies, and being alert to the temptations of addictive behavior.


- Cooley LLP:
- The Motley Fool:
- Roqos:
- Witlingo:


• 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Beer, snacks, chit-chatting and networking

• 7:00 pm - 7:10 pm - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements - Alem Bantayehu, Head of Program Management, Witlingo

• 7:10 pm - 7:20 pm - The State of Voice First -- Ahmed Bouzid, Co-Founder & CEO, Witlingo

• 7:20 pm - 8:30 pm - Roundtable: All attendees will be able to participate.


Here's an article that should get the conversation going: