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Conversational artificial intelligence (AI) – a realm which stretches from natural language processing and generation to today’s latest generative AI innovation – is now redefining how humans will interact with the digital world (and with each other.) At the core of conversational AI is natural language, expressed acoustically or through the written word, in tongues and dialects that span the globe. This is the first interface, given to us as children; when connected to the digital world – in an open, equitable, standards-based, and ethical manner – it offers significant social, economic, and political opportunities.
However, this much-hyped technology may fall well short of its potential for consumer acceptance and enterprise value. Research has consistently pointed to a “trust gap” that raises critical questions privacy, data security, ease of use, brand protection, interoperability, and equal and unbiased access for individual and organizational users alike.
A proven way to close the trust gap – one pursued in the early days of other technologies – is through the communal development and adoption of standards and usage guidelines.
To those who want to work on resolving those gaps, we welcome you to participate in our projects at the Open Voice Network.
The Open Voice Network's Technical Standards Initiatives
To make voice assistance worthy of user trust, the Open Voice Network (OVON) is pursuing technical standards development in four areas: 1) interoperability between voice agents, 2) voice-based findability and discoverability, 3) user privacy specific to voice, and 4) data security specific to voice. We are also researching the need for technical standards in synthetic voice development and identification and voice-based authentication.