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SXSW 2018

Talk to Me: The Power of Voice

Voice-enabled smart speakers have grown even smarter by expanding functionality and integrating with other devices. Thanks to machine-learning, enhanced data, deeper connectivity between services and a more mature ecosystem, these devices are better able to understand our media preferences and natural language queries - and connect us to the content we want wherever it may live. The next evolution of the digital entertainment experience is underway now and it’s being powered by voice.

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  1. How are machine learning technology and enhanced data helping to make next-gen voice-enabled devices and services even smarter?
  2. How is increasing interconnectivity within the digital media ecosystem enabling voice offerings to expand functionality and offer new skills?
  3. What are some of the most advanced entertainment search and discovery experiences powered by voice consumers will enjoy in the intelligent future?


  • Rich Cusick, Chief Product Officer, Gracenote
  • Oliver Messenger, Head of Alexa Video, Amazon
  • Jonathan Palmatier, Vice President, Product Management, Voice Control, Comcast
  • Ryan Lawler, Senior Technology Reporter, TechCrunch


Mark Yamada, Director, Communications, Gracenote

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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