The linguistic world is bewilderingly diverse, with roughly 7177 living languages worldwide, according to the Ethnologue. A language is more than a form of speech that groups of people use to communicate with each other. It embodies a connection to the past — culture and traditions. Any attempt to decipher a language must therefore go beyond the literal meaning of words. With datasets being largely homogeneous, it should come as no surprise then, that the virtual assistants currently in the market still have significant gender and race bias.
In this new episode of One Vision, Theo and Bradley chat with Dr. Joan Palmiter Bajorek, Head of Conversational Research at VERSA, CEO and Founder of Women in Voice, about the promises of voice technology, her passion in democratizing access to voice technology across ecosystems and languages.
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