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TEDxManchester 2012: Voice Recognition FTW!

12 Sep

After the extensive TEDxSalford report, and the TEDxManchester Best-of, it’s about time I posted the YouTube video of my TEDxManchester talk!

TEDxManchester took place on Monday 13th February this year at one of the iconic Manchester locations – and my “local” – the Cornerhouse. Among the luminary speakers were people I have always been admiring, such as the radio Goddess Mary Anne Hobbs, and people I have become very close friends with over the years – which has led me to an equal amount of admiration, such as Ian Forrester (@cubicgarden to most of us). You can check out their respective talks, as well as some awesome others, in my TEDxManchester report below.

My TEDxManchester talk

I spoke about the weird and wonderful world of Voice Recognition (“Voice Recognition FTW!”): from the inaccurate – and far too often funny – simple voice-to-text apps and dictation systems on your smartphones, to the most frustrating automated Call Centres, to the next generation, sophisticated SIRI and everything in-between. I explained why things go wrong and when things can go wonderfully right. The answer is “CONTEXT”; the more you have of it , the more accurate and relevant the interpretation of user intention will be, and the more relevant and impressive the system reaction / reply will be.

Here is finally my TEDxManchester video on YouTube.

And below are my TEDxManchester slides.

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TEDxManchester (13 Feb 2012): Best of!

15 May

2012 can easily be dubbed the year of TEDx for me, as by mid-February I had already attended two TEDx events! First up was TEDxSalford in late January, where I was just a mindblown attendee, and two weeks later it was TEDxManchester where I had the honour to be a speaker!

TEDxManchester took place on Monday 13th February this year at one of the iconic Manchester locations – and my “local” – the Cornerhouse.  Among the luminary speakers were people I have always been admiring, such as the radio Goddess Mary Anne Hobbs, and people I have become very close friends with over the years – which has led me to an equal amount of admiration, such as Ian Forrester (@cubicgarden to most of us).

Here are their respective talks at TEDxManchester 2012 for you to get a taste of the atmosphere at the event and of the impact of the ideas and the immediacy of the sentiments circulated!

Mary Anne Hobbs

Ian Forrester

 My TEDxManchester talk

I spoke about the weird and wonderful world of Voice Recognition (“Voice Recognition FTW!”): from the inaccurate – and far too often funny – simple voice-to-text apps and dictation systems on your smartphones, to the most frustrating automated Call Centres, to the next generation, sophisticated SIRI and everything in-between. I explained why things go wrong and when things can go wonderfully right. The answer is “CONTEXT”; the more you have of it , the more accurate and relevant the interpretation of user intention will be, and the more relevant and impressive the system reaction / reply will be.

Here is finally my TEDxManchester video on YouTube.

And here are my TEDxManchester slides.

The (Re)Tweets

(in reverse chronological order)

@ar3toul4ki 17 Feb

thanks for the #TEDxMCR piccie @cubicgarden! http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/6875061121_69555f7eb3_b.jpg @TEDxManchester

Cornerhouse @CornerhouseMcr 16 Feb

For those of you who missed #TEDxMCR check out @cubicgarden’s pics! Videos should be with us in a couple of weeks http://www.flickr.com/photos/cubicgarden/tags/tedxmcr/

Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

Martin Williams @ukcopywriting 15 Feb

@ar3toul4ki ‘s Next level awesome epic bio – http://www.tedxmanchester.com/#speakers #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
In reply to @ar3toul4ki

@ar3toul4ki 15 Feb

What an awesome (wicked, epic) bio the cool guys and girls @TEDxManchester have written for me!!! http://www.tedxmanchester.com/#speakers #TEDxMCR

@ar3toul4ki 15 Feb
RT @global_lingo: Maria Aretoulaki on voice recognition software. Will digital transcription ever be any good? #tedxmcr no, no it won’t

Lynne McCadden @lmccadden 14 Feb
Belated I know but many congrats to @herbkim for a fantastic TEDxMCR yesterday been thinking about some of it all day today !
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

TEDxManchester @TEDxManchester 14 Feb
Here’s to the #TEDxMCR speakers in Session 2 – @daveerasmus @martinsfp @ar3toul4ki @cubicgarden @brendandawes
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

TEDxManchester @TEDxManchester 13 Feb
Thanks to @BandXMedia all today’s #TEDxMCR talks were recorded, will be edited & put online soon 🙂 #TEDxMCR @s2martin
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

Lynne McCadden @lmccadden 13 Feb

#tedxmcr learning about quarks and leptons from @tarashears making particle physics easy – sort of
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

Lynne McCadden @lmccadden 13 Feb

watching this @TEDxManchester kevin slavin’s TED talk on how algorithms shape our world:  http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_slavin_how_algorithms_shape_our_world.html
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

Dr Marieke Navin ‏ @lisamarieke

depends if fitting gaussians to your data is your thing… Question is, do you understand your data?!
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki

Oh yes! © Bruce Balentine RT @LukeRobertMason: “It’s better to be a good Machine than a bad person” Discuss? #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
Luke Robert Mason ‏ @LukeRobertMason

How to Wreck a Nice Beach @TEDxManchester #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
Luke Robert Mason ‏ @LukeRobertMason

It’s a bright future if you are an algorithm or infomorph #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
Luke Robert Mason ‏ @LukeRobertMason

@RichardMichie A little bit of non-human agency can’t hurt… Or can it 😉 #TEDxMCH
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
In reply to RichardMichie
13 Feb
 Ian Forrester ‏ @cubicgarden 

Infomorphs or a weaver… #TEDxMCR love the idea 🙂 very cool! They could work with #perceptivemedia yfrog.com/gzeg2jij
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
Ian Pettigrew ‏ @KingfisherCoach

#TEDxMCR @skeuomorphology challenging ‘necessity is the mother of invention’; cars weren’t invented as a response to a shortage of horses!
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
Luke Robert Mason ‏ @LukeRobertMason 

Pure information technologies are the first evolutionary aware technologies. They are stochastic… Emerge from randomness #TEDxMCR @weavrs
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
Luke Robert Mason ‏ @LukeRobertMason 

Living software ‘bots’ or infomorphs via @weavrs #infomorph #TEDxMCR @skeuomorphology
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
Michael Di Paola ‏ @MichaelDiPaola

Robots made from programmable gel…where the hell am I? A parallel universe, the future. No. Just at #TEDxMCR listening to Dan O’Hara
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Luke Robert Mason ‏ @LukeRobertMason 

Infomorph, a form that exists just of information @skeuomorphology #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb

Luke Robert Mason ‏ @LukeRobertMason 

Another type of software agent that exhibits life, @weavrs #infomorph @skeuomorphology #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb

@ar3toul4ki 

@pgaval δε πειράζει, θα είναι στο YouTube για πάντα! (Μαμά! )
In reply to Petros Gavalakis
13 Feb

@ar3toul4ki 

Mondays are my favourite days of the week : D
13 Feb
 Matthew Brooks ‏ @brooksoid 

Great, great talk by @brendandawes on the value of pursuing ideas, and the ideas they spawn, without necessarily knowing where you’re going
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
from Manchester, Manchester
13 Feb
 RichardMichie ‏ @RichardMichie 

Failed art at school? You can still exhibit at #moma @brendandawes #tedxmcr great story love it
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 @ar3toul4ki 

@brendandawes’ cinema redux of Hitchcock’s Vertigo #TEDxMCR twitpic.com/8jfs95
13 Feb

sphey1 ‏ @sphey1

If you make something, give it a name – re: Cinema Redux @brendandawes #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

Things that @brendandawes has done with his 3-printer #TEDxMCR twitpic.com/8jfpn6
13 Feb
 

@ar3toul4ki 

@brendandawes : the creative process is iterative. ( but Battling it against time & cost constraints) #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

RT @CMindsKelly: @brendandawes. The thing we in the room all share is curiosity. That’s why we’re always making new things #TEDxMCR”
13 Feb
 Martin Bryant ‏ @MartinSFP 

At #tedxmcr, @cubicgarden explained how @tdobson and @adew saved his life. instagr.am/p/G9BmXRStoc/
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb

@ar3toul4ki

Ian Forrester: fear the fear #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
 Claire-Marie ‏ @CMBoggiano

‘We are complex & unique organisms And yes, I am still an atheist.’ Ian Forrester, #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 @ar3toul4ki 

Indeed! RT @TonyChurnside: @cubicgarden really touching. Very nicely done!
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

@brooksoid any time!
In reply to Matthew Brooks
13 Feb
 Matthew Brooks ‏ @brooksoid 

@ar3toul4ki great talk Maria, speech recog in focus at the beeb right now, be interesting to talk once I’ve worked out what our landscape is
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 TEDxManchester ‏ @TEDxManchester

Link to the funny vid played by @ar3toul4ki – Scottish voice recognition problems.. http://youtu.be/sAz_UvnUeuU

Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 @ar3toul4ki 

Ευχαριστώ! Το είδες μήπως; RT @pgaval: @ar3toul4ki Καλή επιτυχία!
13 Feb
 Claire-Marie ‏ @CMBoggiano 

‘When I was lying in bed dying, where were the real people?’ Ian Forrester, #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Tony Churnside ‏ @TonyChurnside 

Watching @cubicgarden talk about his #brushwithdeath. A very scary time. #TEDxMCR pic.twitter.com/hED5mimw
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb

@ar3toul4ki 

@tdobson @cubicgarden is talking about you! : D
In reply to Tim Dobson
13 Feb
 Tim Dobson ‏ @tdobson 

so @cubicgarden is talking about it #brushwithdeath when I may or may not have been his flatmate at the time.. #tedxman
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Matthew Brooks ‏ @brooksoid 

And @cubicgarden ‘s talk is about… @cubicgarden ! He’s finally gone recursive. #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Tony Churnside ‏ @TonyChurnside

@cubicgarden you’re looking good! pic.twitter.com/n8xvkzJB
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Ian Forrester ‏ @cubicgarden

And next on at #TEDxMCR its @ianforrester. With the story of me…
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 TEDxManchester ‏ @TEDxManchester 

Hilarious talk on Voice Recognition from Dr Maria Aretoulaki #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Tim Dobson ‏ @tdobson

@davemee it’s all about context! /cc @ar3toul4ki 😉
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
In reply to Dave Mee
13 Feb
 Tim Dobson ‏ @tdobson 

@davemee @ar3toul4ki “fetish cheese”
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
In reply to Dave Mee
13 Feb
 Dave Mee ‏ @davemee 

@tdobson @ar3toul4ki feed her through siri and send me a transcript!
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
In reply to Tim Dobson
13 Feb
 Kate Towey ‏ @katiemaymanc 

Fascinating talk from Tara Shears on particle physics. ‘2012 is year of the Higgs’ #tedxmcr
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Ian Pettigrew ‏ @KingfisherCoach 

So far at #TEDxMCR we’ve covered pursuing your passion, JDI (and make mistakes), technology, algorithms, and particle physics. I’m happy!
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Allie Johns ‏ @AllieJohns

I propose bringing back Tomorrow’s World and having Tara Shears present it #tedxmcr
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki

@TaraShears @TEDxManchester: oh my Higgs! We’ve seen something! Or have we?? #TEDxMCR twitpic.com/8jdo56
13 Feb

Ian Forrester ‏ @cubicgarden 

The goddamn particle explained at #TEDxMCR yfrog.com/obsv5tmj
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb

@ar3toul4ki 

@TaraShears @TEDxManchester: where’s that God-damned Higgs particle?! If we don’t find it, we’ll have to start all over again… #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
 Claire-Marie ‏ @CMBoggiano 

“@lmccadden: #tedxmcr learning about quarks and leptons from @tarashears making particle physics easy – sort of”
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki

@TaraShears @TEDxManchester: symmetry, simplicity, elegance = beauty of the standard model of particle physics #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
 TEDxManchester ‏ @TEDxManchester 

Up next @TEDxManchester is @TaraShears – tune in live to ow.ly/92eRf #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 @ar3toul4ki 

@TEDx video 1 @TEDxManchester: pragmatic chaos to describe fluid things such as culture #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

@coralgrainger no worries sweetness : )
In reply to coralgrainger
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

@TEDx video @TEDxManchester: what we don’t understand, we give a name and a story to #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
 @ar3toul4ki 

@maryannehobbs you were, nay ARE, awesome! Xx
In reply to maryanne hobbs
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki

Dan O’Hara @skeuomorphology @TEDxManchester: from random relentless replication (cf. spambots) to guided transformation of chaos #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
 Kim Willis ‏ @KimberleyWillis 

Dan O’Hara: technology is not a selection of gadgets but a body of knowledge instagr.am/p/G8sGbrBVY7/ #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb

Ian Wareing ‏ @ianwareing 

#tedxmcr @skeuomorphology “Necessity is not the mother of invention. Invention is the mother of necessity”
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 Ian Forrester ‏ @cubicgarden

Bloatware… or stimulation of the real on the virtual RT @maanasvarun: Skeumorphism. wait what? #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

Dan O’Hara @skeuomorphology @TEDxManchester: the creation of living technology by merging the Arts and Sciences #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

@tombloxhammbe @TEDxManchester: go through life making mistakes, otherwise you don’t take any decisions, just do it ! © #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

@maryannehobbs @TEDxManchester: John Peel saving lives again #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

@maryannehobbs @TEDxManchester: follow your passion! #TEDxMCR twitpic.com/8jcwpn
13 Feb
 TEDxManchester ‏ @TEDxManchester

Hi all we’re suggesting #TEDxMCR as the hashtag for the event today as it’s a bit shorter than #TEDxManchester 🙂
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
 TEDxManchester ‏ @TEDxManchester 

Sorry folks for the livestream #fail. We’re currently on this channel live.. bit.ly/y9kkZa #TEDxMCR
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

@gazshaw cheers!
In reply to Gaz Shaw
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki

😀 see you there Mike! It’s been a loooong time! RT @mike_higham: @ar3toul4ki @TEDxManchester Looking forward to it #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

@heloukee oh nooo : s
In reply to Helen Keegan
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

Excited & honoured to be speaking @TEDxManchester today. My talk “Voice Recognition FTW!” on the present+future of user interfaces #TEDxMCR
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

See you there Matt! RT @matthbooth: A bit of work then @TEDxManchester. Looking forward to it.
13 Feb
 Allie Johns ‏ @AllieJohns 

“@maryannehobbs: interesting day: speaking about passion at @TEDxManchester 1pm.. ” > we can never have enough passion in our lives.
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
13 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

😀 Will you be my groupie?? RT @technicalfault: @ar3toul4ki Dr Maria at TEDx!
12 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

Looking forward to giving #TEDxMCR an insight into the wondrous+often misconstrued world of voice recognition @TEDxManchester tomorrow
12 Feb
 TEDxManchester ‏ @TEDxManchester 

And in other late-breaking news Dr. Maria @Ar3toul4ki will also be taking the stage tomorrow at #TEDxMCR 🙂
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
12 Feb
 TEDxManchester ‏ @TEDxManchester 

A big welcome for our latest speaker @MartinSFP – European Editor @TheNextWeb for #TEDxMCR. Like @MaryAnneHobbs a brave no-slide presenter!
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
11 Feb
 Anna Nachesa ‏ @ashalynd 

I’ll probably be very evil if I ask during an interview if tail-optimized recursion is possible in C. OTOH, it might be a great icebreaker:)
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
11 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

RT @TEDxManchester: @ar3toul4ki:really excited bout Mons #TEDxMCR @maryannehobbs @brendandawes @cubicgarden @skeuomorphology @tombloxhammbe

10 Feb
@ar3toul4ki 

Can’t wait to finally meet you! : D RT @maryannehobbs: @ar3toul4ki 🙂

10 Feb
 @ar3toul4ki 

Getting really excited about Monday’s #TEDxMCR @CornerhouseMcr: @maryannehobbs @brendandawes @cubicgarden Dan O’Hara & my Uni’s Tom Bloxham

TEDxSalford (28 Jan 2012): 10 hours of mind-blowing inspiration

18 Mar

2012 can already be dubbed the TEDx year for me, as it’s only mid-March and I have already attended and even contributed to two TEDx events! First up was TEDxSalford in late January and 2 weeks later it was TEDxManchester!

TEDxSalford took place on a very sunny Saturday (28th January) at the futuristic Lowry building in Media City, Salford.

I was tweeting for most of the event  (or when my phone battery was not dead!) and I have compiled below a list of all my relevant tweets and retweets both from the day and in the build-up to the event. I am going to add later on some notes I took while I couldn’t tweet! Hopefully the tweets convey the spirit of  TEDxSalford, which can be summarised as follows: @TEDxSalford was mindblowing! So much intellect, so much empathy, so much emotion, all rolled into one .

TEDxSalford Logo

The Tweets

@ar3toul4ki

Jeremy Rifkin: Primitive man’s mind: food, shelter, sex / Modern man’s mind: beer, coffee, apps ! @TEDxSalford http://www.ted.com/talks/jeremy_rifkin_on_the_empathic_civilization.html
30 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Amy Purdy: If you were writing a book about your life, how would you like it to go? TEDTalk 3 @TEDxSalford #TEDxSalford http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_purdy_living_beyond_limits.html
In reply to TEDxSalford
30 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@herbkim @TEDxSalford was mindblowing! So much intellect, so much empathy, so much emotion, all rolled into one. A blog post is in order!
In reply to Herb Kim
30 Jan
@ar3toul4ki 

Hello! Great to see you @TEDxSalford ! I’m still buzzing! RT @astrondrew: @ar3toul4ki hello fellow skeptic and tedx person.
28 Jan
TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford 

The Key A CALL TO ACTION #Tedxsalford
Retweeted by  @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Unity Node ‏ @UnityNode

“WE are the story here… the collaboration itself, not the technology – the people who affect real change.” -@astro_ron #tedxsalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Unity Node ‏ @UnityNode

“Nothing is impossible.” -@astro_ron #tedxsalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Charlie Buckwell ‏ @charliebuck123

Ron Garan – awe inspiring film of lapping earth, sunrise, moonrise, aurora borealis – #TEDxSalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

Unity Node ‏ @UnityNode

“The question is what kind of world do you want?” – @Astro_Ron #tedxsalford http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragileoasis/5585060181/
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Gemma Cameron ‏ @ruby_gem

Oh. My. Eyes!!! I just saw an aurora FROM SPACE! S P A C E #TEDxSalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
Ben Davies ‏ @_bendavies

Just met an astronaut! He saw 16 sunrises a day. More importantly, introducing the orbital perspective – http://unitynode.org/ #Tedxsalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@Astro_Ron: people think of something as impossible, just cos it has never been done before. Nothing is impossible! #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@Astro_Ron: man-made borders distract from the fact that we’re all in this together #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@Astro_Ron: i came back to earth with a commitment to refuse to accept the status quo #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

@Astro_Ron: you don’t have to be in orbit to have a global perspective #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Can’t believe I just saw @Astro_Ron speak @TEDxSalford. I’ve been following his tweets from space and later on Earth for ages! #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Trevor Cox: creating spontaneous bass wobble down the Manchester canal! #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Trevor Cox: the Beecham Tower hum revisited #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Trevor Cox: how to create bass wobble by clapping your hands in-between S-shaped walls (Mmm gives me some ideas) : D #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Dr. Umut Kose explaining to the audience what neutrinos are #heavyparticlephysics #TEDxSalford #Manchester
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Umut Kose: each of us produces 340 million neutrinos per day that reach the farthest corners of the universe #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

Gemma Cameron ‏ @ruby_gem

“Do you remember your first time with the Internet?” #TEDxSalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan
TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Tom Hingley talking about the Death of Copyright at #TEDxSalford. Watch the live stream now! #TEDx #TED #Manchester
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki

Tom Hingley: a bleak future where augmented reality rearranges shop shelves to show you what you OUGHT to want to buy #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets): old bands prob reform in order to make money to buy their sound recordings off the record labels#TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets): that’s what record labels are now – content businesses #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets): we’ve moved away from BC and AD to BEFORE INTERNET and AFTER INTERNET #TEDxSalford

28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets): the current copyright laws are useless #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

TEDxSalford Programme

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: good moms have sticky floors, dirty ovens but happy kids : ) #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Tomorrow’s World #Tedxsalford
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: the triple P bottom line: people, planet and only then profit #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: more inclusion with WE-conomics rather than ME-conomics #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: our love affair with economic growth hasn’t brought us happiness #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: the future is not some place we go to, we have to create it #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Anne Lise Kjaer: we are bombarded by contradictory messages, we have to be fast and efficient but also worry about our health #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

@Jordan_Zadeh ah shame. @TEDxSalford is awesome. Hope you still manage to enjoy yourself
In reply to Jordan Ahmadzadeh
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

@retsillac well being still alive is very convincing : p
In reply to @CnallA
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Benedict Allen: i nearly died 9 times but i didn’t, because of a) PREPARATION and b) BELIEF IN MYSELF #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Benedict Allen: my new indigenous friends were crying as i was leaving+said “the sad thing is no one will be around to bury you”#TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Benedict Allen: when you’re being shot at, you can’t really stop and ask them WHY #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Edward Stafford: I knew I had to keep my sense of humour to keep going, when i actually also knew IT WASN’T FUNNY! #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Edward Stafford: i was tweeting+blogging from the middle of the Amazon all the time. Knew Michael Jackson was dead within 2mins #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

Nathan Rae ‏ @nathanrae

I’m live streaming the #TEDxSalford event at http://www.tedxsalford.com/live  Great speeches so far so check it out!
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Irene Khan: The law of demand and supply applies to justice as well. DEMAND it and you ll get it (eventually) #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

Irene Khan: Violence against women is not a social problem, it’s a human rights problem #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

looking forward to tweeting the awesome speakers ‘ pearls of wisdom #TEDxSalford
28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

RT @TEDxSalford: The official twitter hashtag = #TEDxSalford Less than 1 hour to go! #TEDx #TED #Manchester #mediacityuk #Salford
28 Jan

Ed Stafford ‏ @Ed_Stafford 

Speaking at @TEDxSalford at 10:50am. Its being live streamed over the Net at http://www.tedxsalford.com/live  Some great speakers: http://www.tedxsalford.com/event/speakers
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28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

@Jordan_Zadeh see you around. I’m @The_Lowry all day for @TEDxSalford : )
In reply to Jordan Ahmadzadeh
28 Jan

Gemma Hargreaves ‏ @GemmaHargreaves

Set up for @TEDxSalford at @The_Lowry – what a view! Say hi if you’re here 🙂 http://twitter.com/#!/GemmaHargreaves/status/163186229221924864/photo/1
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28 Jan

The Lowry - What a View!

sphey1 ‏ @sphey1

The sun is shining so well up for a day of enlightenment at @TEDxSalford today – exciting
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28 Jan

@ar3toul4ki 

@cubicgarden Yes i should be tweeting furiously all day from @TEDxSalford tomorrow!
In reply to Ian Forrester
28 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Dont miss out on an official NASA astronaut appearance in #Manchester this January only at #TEDxSalford. Register now: http://www.tedxsalford.com/event/registration
Retweeted by @ar3toul4ki

17 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford

Tickets still available for #TEDx #Salford – check out our speakers lineup: http://www.tedxsalford.com/event/speakers #Manchester #MediaCityUK
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15 Jan

TEDxSalford ‏ @TEDxSalford
27 Healthy Habits of Happiness http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/09/18/27-healthy-habits-of-happiness/
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15 Jan

@ar3toul4ki
@jotbe danke danke! #TEDxSalford should be special!

11 Jan

@ar3toul4ki
I’m in! Just got my ticket confirmation! Can’t wait! RT @TEDxSalford: Registrations for #TEDx #Salford still open – http://www.tedxsalford.com/event/registration

11 Jan

@ar3toul4ki
That was close! RT @TEDxSalford: Tickets still available for #TEDxSalford http://tedxsalford.com/event/speakers Astronauts, Scientists, Explorers!

9 Jan

The UK on Hold (or Stuck in IVR Hell?)

16 Jan

Tonight Channel 4 is showing the programme: “Richard Wilson On Hold“, or as it would probably be dubbed “The UK stuck in IVR Hell“.

“From telephone car parking payment systems to supermarket self-service tills, Richard Wilson investigates the rise of automated services across Britain and puts the machines to the test”

Richard Wilson on Hold

Richard Wilson doesn’t like to be on Hold (Copyright Glowfrog Studios)

This will probably put my profession to shame (even if the programme is only about waiting queues), but they would have a point, as there are some horrid voice recognition self-service IVRs out there! Watch it tonight, Monday 16 January 2012, at 8-9pm GMT on Channel 4, and check my update on here once I’ve watched it myself.

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9/86700592001?isVid=1&isUI=1&publisherID=1213940598

2011 in review – not bad again!

2 Jan

Happy New Year!

Well, 2011 wasn’t bad (see below), so expectations are high for 2012!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A speech recognition user interface works when it … disappears!

25 Oct

Today is a big day for me! I’m finally getting to meet in person one of the Coryphées of the VUI Design World (even though as far as I know he’s not a ballet dancer), Bruce Balentine of the Enterprise Integration Group (EIG).  Bruce is the author of one of the best books ever written on IVR / Speech applications / Voice User Interface Design, It’s Better to Be a Good Machine Than a Bad Person – Speech Recognition and Other Exotic User Interfaces at the Twilight of the Jetsonian Age.

Apart from the ingenuity of the title itself, encapsulating the golden rule of good user experience / usability design, you can readily see to what great lengths Bruce has gone to serve his pearls of design wisdom in a most humourous and utterly witty way. This doesn’t in any way decrease in the least the importance, relevance and truthfulness of his observations and recommendations. Bruce is a veteran designer and he has seen it all before, from the excitement and optimism to the disappointment and pessimism, to the final destination, design realism:

First we tried to make them human. Now it’s time to make them work 

To get a flavour of the type of UX design advice and messages conveyed in the book, here’s an extract from Chapter  132: Will Speech Technology Ever Work? (pp. 393-395 in my 2007 edition):

In closing, I must ask the question. Will it ever work? And, of course, the answer is, yes. Speech recognition—and its related technologies (e.g., speaker verification, text-to-speech, audio indexing, speech data mining, dictation) will work. Indeed they already do. They will fill their respective application niches almost completely. And, in fact, the majority will do so quite soon. What will change is the definition of “work”.

Speech recognition is primarily a user interface technology*. As such, it works when it disappears. It’s really that simple. When the users are not thinking about the user interface, but instead are accomplishing the task to which they are connected by the user interface, then and only then can the interface be said to be “working.” We have to stay on message with this fundamental fact if we are ever to succeed at bringing speech to the performance level where we can legitimately claim that it “works.”

True words!!! As a bonus,  Leslie Degler’s illustrations perfectly complement and enhance the messages conveyed in the text, once again in the wittiest and most original manner.  Buy this book ASAP! After all, if you don’t agree with its theses, you can always return it. All you need to do is:

Write out in longhand, on a separate page, “I,” and add your name, “agree that there’s not a chance in Hell any refund will ever come of this claim.” Label this statement as your “declaration.”  

After you have received your refund, we’ll call you with an outbound IVR that asks you several hundred thought-provoking questions about your customer experience. We value your opinion—please give us your most honest and spontaneous responses. We’ll do our best to recognize them

It says it all really! 🙂

To date, I have only met Bruce virtually, through Skype calls and the Creative Speech Technology Network (CreST) of which we are both members, and I can already tell he is a very funny, witty, creative (musical!),  interesting, as well as intelligent person. So I can’t wait to meet him in person later today and hear some more fascinating stories and hilarious anecdotes from the world of speech recognition application design, voice interface usability and technology abuse!

UPDATE:

I went (to the dinner with Bruce) and (was) conquered by the brilliance and witticism of the man! I got my long-awaited autograph in his book too, as I can now prove!

Human-Machine Interaction in Translation (NLPCS 2011)

21 Aug

For a few years now I have been in the Programme Committee of the International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science (NLPCS), organised by a long-time colleague and friend, Dr. Bernadette Sharp from Staffordshire University. The aim of this annual workshop is “to bring together researchers and practitioners in Natural Language Processing (NLP) working within the paradigm of Cognitive Science (CS)“.

The overall emphasis of the workshop is on the contribution of cognitive science to language processing, including conceptualisation, representation, discourse processing, meaning construction, ontology building, and text mining.”

There have been NLPCS  Workshops in Porto (2004), Miami (2005), Paphos (2006), Funchal (2007), Barcelona (2008), Milan (2009) and Funchal (2010).

Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School

This year’s 8th International NLPCS Workshop just took place this weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark (20-21 Aug 2011). The Workshop topic was: “Human-Machine Interaction in Translation“, focussing on all aspects of human and machine translation, and human-computer interaction in translation, including:  translators’ experiences with CAT tools, human-machine interface design, evaluation of interactive machine translation, user simulation and human factors. Thus, the topics were approached from a number of different perspectives:

  • from full automation by machines for machine (traditional NLP or HLT)
  • semi-automated processing, i.e. machine-mediated processing (programs assisting people in their tasks),
  • but also simulation of human cognitive processes

I had the opportunity once again to review a few of the paper submissions and can therefore highly recommend reading the full Proceedings of the NLPCS 2011 Workshop that have just been made available.

I found particularly interesting the following 3 contributions:

  • Valitutti, A. “How Many Jokes are Really Funny? A New Approach to the Evaluation of Computational Humour Generators”
  • Nilsson, M. and J. Nivre. “Entropy-Driven Evaluation of Models of Eye Movement Control in Reading” 

and

  • Finch, A., Song, W., Tanaka-Ishii, K. and E. Sumita. “Source Language Generation from Pictures for Machine Translation on Mobile Devices”

Enjoy!