Voice Interactive Storytelling: Opportunities for Authors, With Amy Stapleton — Self-Publishing Conference Highlight
AskAlli: Self-Publishing Advice Podcast
The voice technologies powering Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can transform an audiobook into a two-way conversation between the narrator and the listener. Chatables is pioneering a new type of conversational storytelling that uses voice technology to engage story lovers in exciting new ways. Amy Stapleton describes the market, the opportunities for authors, and how you can easily get your stories published on voice assistants. This is a post from SelfPubCon (The Self-Publishing Advice Conference), an online author event, run free twice-yearly, in association with the Alliance of Independent Authors. Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: https://selfpublishingadvice.org, with a huge archive of nearly 2,000 blog posts, and a handy search box to find key info on the topic you need. And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org.
2.3| The Self Replicating Nature of Climate Change, Discussion with Amy Stapleton
In this episode, I sit down with Amy Stapleton, a member of Bristol Youth Strike for Climate, and a young 18-year-old Activist. I sit down with her and we discuss how she got into activism and why. We also debate about the human effect on climate change and whether Anthropogenic Climate Change has added a self-replicating nature to Climate Change itself, or if it's always been that way. If you want to support the show don't forget to like, share or review on whatever platform you're listening on.Background music: Méditation from Thaïs by Nicola Benedetti, violin; Julien Quentin, pianoSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/WritingPilgrimage)
Amy Stapleton, Dave Kemp, and Pete Haas Discuss First 100 Episodes - Voicebot Podcast Ep 105
The Voicebot Podcast
There have been so many rich insights offered by Voicebot Podcast guests that I wanted to figure out a simple way to unlock a few of those nuggets in case you missed the episodes. I also wanted to hear some discussion among dedicated and erudite listeners about what was said by past guests and what they thought mattered most. With 100 episodes to choose from, we narrowed it down by asking listeners to let me know their favorite episodes and why. Our panelists also weighed in and by my count, we discussed at least 23 episodes. Amy Stapleton of Tellables, Pete Haas from Conversation Curve, and Dave Kemp from Oaktree join me on the 100 episode retrospective. What a long, fruitful trip it’s been. Hear comments about episodes that included Adam Cheyer, Ron Croen, Cathy Pearl, Dave Isbitski, Lisa Falkson, Karen Kaushansky, Vijay Balasubramanian, Brad Abrams, and many more.
Amy Stapleton CEO of Tellables Talks Voice Interactive Stories - Voicebot Podcast Ep. 84
The Voicebot Podcast
Amy Stapleton is CEO and founder of Tellables which works with authors to develop interactive story games designed to be played through voice assistants and social robots. Before founding Tellables, Amy was an analyst at Opus Research where she focused on intelligent assistants and coined the term meta assistant. Earlier, she worked in the technology services group at NASA for 14 years and was also a product manager at SAP. Amy earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Germanic Languages and Literature and holds degrees from UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Greensboro.
Interactive Storytelling with Amy Stapleton of Tellables
Voice in Canada Podcast
In this episode, Teri welcomes Amy Stapleton, the founder and CEO of Tellables, a company that excels in creating interactive storytelling for voice assistants and robots.Welcome Amy!Amy has been an IT professional for many years and her last stint was as IT manager at NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She retired early to focus on voice technology, specifically in storytelling, which led her to specialize in natural language and conversation, and designing interactive story experiences and games for talking voice assistants and conversational robots.Amy comes on the show to talk to us about her new skill, “My Box of Chocolates”, and to explain how chocolates in this skill represent different stories. It’s a new type of interactive storytelling where we can have discussions with Alexa about what you’re listening to. The skill is available in Canada and Amy will actually looking for authors and will tell us how we can participate in the story making process.Her First Skills and Starting TellablesWhen Jibo (the social robot) was launched, it made Amy realize that people wanted to hear stories told by robots and voice assistants because they would consider them to be like characters in their home.Her first storytelling Alexa skill was called “Listening Comprehension Practice” which had stories that were followed by some yes or no questions. The skill was more directed at children because they could listen to the stories and then test out their understanding of the content of the story by answering the questions.The next skill they created was “Tricky Genie” and it became very popular. It’s more of a story game where Alexa tells a quick little anecdote about one or more characters who get themselves into some kind of predicament, and a genie pops up holding free sacks, and then the player has two chances to find the sack with the right solution.They created other skills that were like Tricky Genie, but Amy wanted to move more into something that was based on conversational story telling where people could enjoy stories and be able to have conversations with Alexa about the stories.They now have a content management system which allows an author to add a lot of additional content to a skill without having to republish the skill. They have opened up the system so that other authors can submit content for Tellables to use and publish as part of their live skills. The first skill where they implemented that is “My Box of Chocolates”Conversational StorytellingIt’s based on the idea of a voice assistant telling someone a story. In the case of My Box of Chocolates, one of Tellables’ virtual chocolatiers tells a story to the voice assistant or robot user. The user therefore engages with a personality unlike when listening to, for example, a streaming audio book.After someone hears one of the stories in My Box of Chocolates, Alexa (who is listening to the story with the person), will make a comment about what she thinks of the story, then she will ask the listener a question that the listener can respond to in a constrained number of ways, then based on the response, Alexa will make an appropriate follow-on response which is only one level deep. Tellables is working on developing the skill farther so that people can have a multi-turn conversations with Alexa about the story.My Box of ChocolatesThe basic concept of the skill is that Tellables has created a publishing platform where authors who like to write short stories can submit the stories for Tellables to publish.Every month, Tellables publishes a virtual box of twelve candies that are chocolates, and each has a representation. People can go to the Tellables website to see an image of each chocolate and what it represents. They’re meant to be funny and relate to the story a person is listening to. Every month they come out with a new assortment, but people can still go back to the older stories if they want to.The bots that tell the stories are called Chocolatiers. So far they have 4 chocolatiers (Coco, Brandon, Archie and Opal) with distinct personalities and different synthetic voices. Each voice is associated with a specific character that has a personality and a back story. Each character has an image.For those who want to contribute their stories, they have to be a maximum of 275 words long and that fit within the personalities of any of the 4 chocolatiers in My Box of Chocolates.List of resources mentioned in this episode:My Box of ChocolatesListening Comprehension PracticeTricky GenieTellables Other Useful resources:Voice in Canada: The Flash BriefingComplete List of Alexa CommandsReviews of top Alexa Skills in CanadaAlexa-Enabled and Controlled Devices in CanadaTeri Fisher on TwitterAlexa in Canada on TwitterAlexa in Canada Facebook PageAlexa in Canada Community Group on FacebookAlexa in Canada on InstagramPlease leave a review on iTunesShopping on Amazon.ca See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Dustin and I are joined by Tellables co-founder, Amy Stapleton, to discuss storytelling through Alexa and the design challenges that come with that.By the end of this podcast, you'll:Be familiar with situational designGain insight into designing with Amazon PollyLearn about complex interaction modelsSee how you can use metaphors to helps users navigate (in this case, a box of chocolates)Understand how to build your own voice CMS and moreAbout Amy and TellablesAfter spending many years in IT, including 14 years at NASA as an IT manager, Amy Stapleton is driving the voice first revolution forward. Tellables build conversational story experiences for talking devices and provide a platform to showcase the work of talented authors within voice apps.Where to listenApple podcastsSpotifyYouTubeCastBoxSpreakerTuneInBreakerStitcherPlayerFMiHeartRadioLinksVisit the Tellables websiteFollow Tellables on TwitterFollow Amy on TwitterEnable My Box of ChocolatesView the My Box of Chocolates list of candiesEnable the Tricky Genie skillCheck out the Pepper robotFind out more about AirtablePaul Cutsinger on situational design See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.