SpeechTEK 2013 is over (except for a few die-hards). I presented in two sessions and spend a lot of time talking to clients (present and future). Here are some of my favorite moments, embellished and redacted as I see fit:
- In a Tuesday morning panel about mobile devices, AI, and speech. The discussion had turned to the "always listening" model for cloud-based personal assistants when the moderator basically asked, "don't you think it's a little creepy that some big company is going to be listening to everything we say?" Maybe it's a sign of the moment, but there was actually a pretty good discussion of privacy and security implications, instead of just dismissing the concerns.
- A Wednesday session where a presenter bravely admitted that, because of an obscure glitch, their phone system had been hanging up on a certain population of callers. Every. Single. Time. Because the problem was outside the testing parameters, they didn't discover it until it was written up in the newspaper. Ouch.
- Tuesday's networking reception: the food didn't run out after the first hour (like it has in some prior years), and people stuck around and networked. Huzzah!