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19 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Brian Roemmele. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Brian Roemmele, often where they are interviewed.

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19 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Brian Roemmele. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Brian Roemmele, often where they are interviewed.

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044 - Brian Roemmele - The Path to Contextual Voice Assistants

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Guest: Brian Roemmele, Payments Expert, Student of History, Polymath who coined the term "VoiceFirst"

Topic: The Path to Contextual Voice Assistants

Brian joins Dave for a marathon of an episode to discuss the trajectory of voice assistants and how we move into an era of contextually-aware voice assistants. The two cover a lot of ground with this far-reaching discussion, as Brian shares his insight into where he believes computing is headed across the next decade, as it becomes more ambient and conversational. 

In addition, the two talk through Amazon's Project Kuiper and Amazon Sidewalk mesh network, and what Amazon is quietly working toward with its Echo Network.


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Sep 17 2020 · 2hr 8mins
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59: Brian Roemmele | Intelligence Amplification and The Future of Technology

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Brian Roemmele is the consummate Renaissance man. He is a scientist, researcher, analyst, connector, thinker, and doer. More than anything, Brian is an observer of the world, asking questions, and following his seemingly infinite curiosity to the root of an outstanding variety of issues. Over the long, winding arc of his career, Brian has built and run payments and tech businesses, worked in media, including the promotion of top musicians, and explored a wide variety of other subjects along the way. Brian actively shares his findings and observations across publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Slate, Business Insider, Daily Mail, Gizmodo, Medium, and Quora.

In this week’s episode of The Artificial Podcast, Nick chats with the one and only Brian Roemmele who is one of the world’s leading futurists and thought leaders on voice technology and its potential applications. Brian shares his thoughts about why he believes humans will never be able to successfully create AI, and why instead he is focusing his efforts on what he calls “Intelligence Amplification” instead. Brian talks about the importance of wisdom in human society and why finally over the next few decades technology will reach a point to help us capture every aspect of our daily lives to create our personal “wisdom keepers” that can be passed down through generations. Nick and Brian also talk about the future of voice technology and what’s in store for both the technology and the industry over the next few years.

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Aug 30 2020 · 1hr 16mins

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Healthcare in a Post-Pandemic World with Brian Roemmele

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In this episode, Teri shares a recording of his recent webinar where Brian Roemmele spoke about some of his ideas and visions for what our world is going to look like using voice technology after the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Brian is the man that actually came up with the term “Voice First” and he’s often referred to as the Oracle of Voice and the Modern Day Thomas Edison. He is a scientist, researcher, analyst, connector, thinker, and doer. Over the long winding arc of his career, Brian has built and run payments and tech businesses, worked in media, including the promotion of top musicians, and explored a variety of other subjects along the way.

He actively shares his findings and observations across fora like Forbes, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Slate, Business Insider, Daily Mail, Inc, Gizmodo, Medium, Quora (An exclusive Quora top writer for: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013), Twitter (quoted and published), Around the Coin (earliest cryptocurrency podcast), Breaking Banks Radio and This Week In Voice on VoiceFirst.FM that surfaces everything from Bitcoin to Voice Commerce.

Key Points from Brian!

  • Where he sees voice making the biggest impact in times like these with the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • How voice technology will change healthcare and life in general as we know it for the better.

Brian’s Predictions On The Future Impact Of Voice

  • We are going to see a redesign of public interaction surfaces (like over the air hand gestures) and more things interacting with voice.
  • Our devices will also become an interface actuated by voice or touch to open doors, choose locations and elevators, open car doors, and a number of similar things, because people will be galvanized with the thought that there could be some dangerous virus years after the Coronavirus.
  • He recently studied a lot of information about the 1918 pandemic and he was able to dive into the mindset of what happened after the pandemic to determine what changed in society. He was able to come up with some of the similarities between that pandemic and the current pandemic, and determine just how society today will change after the Coronavirus pandemic is over.
  • One of the discoveries that were made after the 1918 pandemic was that copper surfaces had an immediate response in devitalizing or deactivating viruses.
  • Certain minerals and metals also devitalize viruses and bacteria through something called Contact Kill which has been widely known for hundreds of years. People in Sumerian times were actually using silver and copper utensils, which some people saw as a sign of wealth, when in reality the utensils actually killed viruses and bacteria, and made their food more presentable.
  • Brian feels that hospital surfaces and beds should have a copper alloy coding to safeguard against viruses and other pathogens.
  • He thinks that there will need to be a way to diagnose people through voice, and how he sees that happening is through different bio-sensors that will be put on a person when they walk into a hospital and start diagnosing them before a medical attendant gets to see them.
  • He insists that that those biosensor devices must not be on the internet in any way so that they’re never compromised. Those devices will be tuned to a user’s personality, outlook, goals, motivations, and they will notice changes in someone’s sleep patterns, and other things that serve as an early warning system.
  • Brian has looked at several studies on Coronaviruses and realized that there are several early warning systems like sleep pattern disturbances, digestive pattern disturbances, change in temperature, change in heart rate variability, change in blink rate, and other things.
  • There are a number of signs of any virus within a human body, and one of those things is a change in someone’s temperature gradient. If one has a voice first device on them, it can be notified of their change in temperature and take the necessary action.

The Catalyst to Overhaul Medicine

  • The Coronavirus pandemic will be the catalyst to overhaul medicine and Brian highlights the fact that times of crisis are the only times in history that anything changes.
  • He predicts the hospital room and points of contact will change because of the amount of attention we have put on the Coronavirus.
  • He highlights the importance of self-sufficiency within countries in order to ensure that people don’t find themselves in the same kind of trouble they’re in right now with the Coronavirus pandemic, and he feels voice first technology will be a great start towards that.

Monitoring People’s Vital Signs to Predict Pandemics

  • Brian says with proper human telemetry, a physician can figure out the health of a person.
  • There are other signs people can use to determine if someone has a virus or whether they are ill.
  • He actually has a voice first AI with cameras that can determine that someone presents like they’re sick.
  • He highlights the fact that if people’s health could be monitored electronically, then we would have an early warning sign of an oncoming pandemic. 
  • People are not very good observers of their own health conditions and even with the current healthcare systems no one is ever really sure whether a diagnosis is exact, but with a system of telemetry, we can have accurate diagnosis.
  • It all boils down to being able to collect tons of data that is voice first. A great scenario would be someone asking their voice first device how they are doing, and the device would tell them exactly what their health is like.

The Roaring 20s That Will Come Out Of The Current Pandemic

  • Society will be re-organized and there’s going to be more telecommuting.
  • Companies will not need to have a lot of their employees going back to their work stations because they will see a need for them to work from their homes as long as they can do their work. Technology is going to inform that.
  • With properly designed voice devices for the corporate environment, work mates will be able to easily communicate with each other from their different locations.
  • Brian walked into one of his companies in the early 2000s, asked most of the employees to go work from home, and productivity exploded as a result.
  • Before the 1918/1919 pandemic, the average person was not interested in the telephone and the radio, but after the pandemic, they were very interested in both technologies because they were technologies that connected people through strong and meaningful communication.
  • He predicts that as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic there will be a release of productivity, creativity, and socialization. He feels voice technology will lead the way in that.

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Mar 31 2020 · 1hr 6mins
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Ep. 91 - Brian Roemmele on Implications of Coronavirus Impact

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Ep. 91 - Brian Roemmele on Implications of Coronavirus

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In a special edition, Carla and Tom welcome back Brian Roemmele for his third appearance to discuss the lessons of the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu for the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mar 20 2020 · 1hr 24mins

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053 - Brian Roemmele - The Key to Successful Branding - Voice and Beyond - Pt. 2

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If a brand plays too much in the reptilian brain, preying on FOMO or jealousy, they won’t create longterm fans or customers. Brian Roemmele explains what brands need to do to build longterm successful customer relationships. Every brand has an emotional connection to the people who use their products. But some covet it better than others. Brian and I discussed brand narratives and personas, touching on archetypes and even the neurochemistry of purchases and loyalty. My favorite part of the conversation is when Brian explained why the female voice is hardcoded by our evolution to be perceived as authoritative. So for everyone wondering if voice assistants being female is a bad thing, Brian will probably change your mind.

Brian’s theory:

All products, companies, and brands are a relationship with their consumer

They have defining points as any human relationship does

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Oct 07 2019 · 41mins
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052 - Brian Roemmele - Amazon’s Hardware Announcements: Keys to the Castle - Pt. 1

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Guest: Brian Roemmele, "The Oracle of Voice"

Echo Buds, Echo Frames, Echo Loop, and more brand new products announced last week will take Alexa to new fields: what does this mean? Brian Roemmele is known as the Oracle of Voice for a reason. Over decades he has predicted so many things that came true. The brilliance of these new products like Echo Loop is about getting Amazon into the castle without fighting for spaces that are already occupied, like the wrist or the pocket.

A big theme of this episode is getting out of the weeds of the technical features like the carburetor or the exact RAM, and instead looking at better ways to get work done. Bigger picture. We are looking at the beginnings of new use cases in brand new paradigms. When you paradigm shift, the canvas is blank, and that’s where we are with voice.

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Timestamps and topics:

04:00 Amazon’s patents telegraph the future

04:50 Amazon did not dominate in smartphone, obviously (Fire Phone failed - and at the time in 2014, people overlooked the first generation Amazon Echo)

05:50 Smartphone is an old modality

06:10 iPhone is the iconic smartphone

06:30 What is the strategy to get into the castle? Content and shopping, largest merchant on planet

07:10 Amazon is a retailer not a technology company - this is why Amazon created the voice first experience first

Amazon does not pretend ot be a tech company, they’re a company that produces technology

07:50 They don’t have mindshare yet, and that is key

07:55 What happens with content and mindshare? How does content creation play in?

08:30 Amazon is not going after the smartphone or smart watch (not after the wrist or the pocket

09:10 Products that define new categories must be loved and hated

09:30 “Talk to the hand” back in vernacular with Echo Loop

10:30 Tech companies don’t consider anthropological and sociological impact of products

11:10 We ask“can we?” too often and don’t ask “Should we?” enough

11:45 Brian’s thesis: Hyper Local

11:55 Echo Loop (a ring) is not always on, it has a button. It draws you into the Alexa ecosystem without taking away from Apple AirPods - and that is brilliant

13:20 Future of the voice assistant that you talk to like a significant other

13:30 Done thumb clawing at screen - that is the future

13:50 Echo Frames and Echo Loop are early versions of the ubiquitous voice future

14:20 Near field computing, mid-field, and far-field (open room) - Amazon’s secret weapon over the castle wall was to get in the home (with Echo in 2014) - which became the fastest adopted consumer technology in history

15:10 The tech leap happened organically with consumers from kitchen to living room - Amazon is doing the same strategy again to get people to adopt this in the near field

15:50 People mocked the iPad (menstrual pad?) and look what happened - these products have to be hated or mocked

16:30 iPhone was laughed at because it didn’t have a keyboard. What is past is prologue. We always see the future through the glasses of right nowand the past - always view the future through the rearview mirror: 16:40 We defined the new in the words of the old, e.g.: the horseless carriage, flameless candle, talking pictures.

17:50 Most voice first experts have nothing to do with the technology world, which irritates folks in tech

18:45 Computing is not what it was for the last sixty years, and it will not continue to be what is has been the last twenty - think about this for typing and interacting

18:55 Technology gets bigger and bigger until it disappears (e.g. you don’t talk about your carburetor, you just buy a car that works or Jobs saying RAM doesn’t matter, you will only care what the computer does or accomplishes)

21:35 There are no killer applications for voice. “Apps?” That’s 2D.

21:55 So what are people really looking for with voice?

22:30 "The idea of the app is already gone.”- Brian

23:40 The intimate relationship that technology can and will spawn is the killer app. We can’t see that world clearly yet

24:50 We’re not battling on the grounds defined by prior technologies

25:10 We’ve only seen 4 of the 175 modalities that voice first works in

25:50 Amazon’s brilliance is great utility to an existing ecosystem (Alexa)

25:00 Amazon doesn’t expect Echo Buds to replace Apple AirPods

27:20 Echo Buds isolate noise and incorporate multiple VAs like Google and Siri

27:30 AirPods are a cultural phenomenon about fashion as much as sound- that is why they won’t be easily replaced by Echo Buds

28:05 Brand signaling with AirPods, or whatever product comes next- that is human

28:30 Loop and Frames are wise moves

29:10 AOL move to open AOL Mail to internet mail is similar to Buds move to open to other VAs

29:40 Amazon subsidies for Buds and Amazon Music. Music is a commodity - supplier does not matter.

30:10 When you stream music, that streaming service makes almost nothing (e.g. Apple, Google, Spotify) - loss leader. The strategy is about attention, narrative, communication with the customer.

30:50 See: Prime. Brilliant. Long term relationship.

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Sep 30 2019 · 33mins
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A Fascinating Future with Brian Roemmele

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Brian Roemmele, a speaker, writer, and inventor who has been working on voice technology since the 80’s. He and I had a longer than usual and fascinating conversation about the history of voice first, human-machine interfaces, the dialog that goes on in our heads, and where he believes this voice-first technology is going.

Jul 19 2019 · 2hr 5mins
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Ep. 77 - Brian Roemmele: The Last Interface

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Ep. 77 - Brian Roemmele: The Intelligence Amplifier and Wisdom Keeper

This week, Carla Diana and Tom Guarriello talk to voice-first expert Brian Roemmele about his forthcoming book, The Last Interface, and his thoughts on what he calls “the Intelligence Amplifier” and “Wisdom Keeper.” A lively, fascinating conversation.

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Mar 01 2019 · 1hr 22mins
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Brian Roemmele Discusses The Last Interface and Intelligence Amplifier

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Brian Roemmele’s presentation at The Alexa Conference 2019 was easily the most controversial of the week. Some people were inspired, others confused, and some left skeptical. But, it certainly led to a lot of discussion throughout the conference. Voicebot sat down with Brian to distill the expanse of his vision for an ultra-personalized AI assistant that he believes will be with people from birth to death. It is his first interview on the topic and project he says has been decades in the making.

Brian first started working with voice technology in the 1980’s and recently expanded his research efforts that will include a forthcoming book called “The Last Interface,” and product concepts named the Intelligence Amplifier and Wisdom Keeper. The Intelligence Amplifier will be a tool that records your life in real-time and instantly enables you to retrieve any information from your life experiences as needed. It will also have agency to anonymously gather information or execute tasks on your behalf. The wisdom keeper will be your manifestation while you are not there and can represent you both in life and afterward. Brian talks about some things that are being done today and others only seen previously in science fiction. It’s a provocative conversation with a practical application of AI and voice.
Feb 13 2019 · 37mins
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Bonus: Conversations with AI, featuring Brian Roemmele

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Voice-first advocate Brian Roemmele returns for a chat with Rene Ritchie about the current status of Siri at Apple, and its place among other voice assistants. In January of this year, he told Rene the company's reluctance to let the Siri feature become the SiriOS platform is holding them back. As of December 2018, let's see where things stand now.


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Dec 15 2018 · 1hr 26mins