Mon, Dec 28, 2020
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On December 15, the Open Voice Network (OVN) held its 2020 Annual Meeting with over 80 global voice-AI enthusiasts in attendance. Along with organizational milestones and community reports, the annual meeting also highlighted thoughts from Steering Committee members representing Target Corporation, The Linux Foundation and Microsoft.
Executive Director of the Open Voice Network Jon Stine addressed attendees with an in-depth look at the mission of the Open Voice Network. Stine reinforced the inclusive definition of “users” as those who seek to use voice for the creation of value. Individuals. Enterprises. Marketers. Designers. Developers. Strategists. Any and all who desire to utilize voice as a means to create value. The core message revolved around key concepts of user trust and the necessity of industry buy-in. With a registered mailing list of nearly 500, OVN is seeing the voice community come together to establish a combined effort for standardization.
Other important topics included the ideas of interoperability (the standardization of component interfaces in voice assistants) and the creation of a voice registry system—a DNS for voice, where for example, a brand could be found by all, regardless of platform and mode. Work groups have been created for these topics (along with voice-specific privacy and security) to further align OVN’s mission and future body of work.
As the Open Voice Network looks ahead to 2021, a collaboration of OVN Communities and Ambassadors are working towards establishing OVN as an authority on standards for voice assistance and user trust policies and methodologies. During the meeting milestone reports were provided by representatives of several OVN Communities.
As the Open Voice Network works towards gaining a rubberstamp-level of trust and authority, Executive Director Jon Stine outlined a roadmap of 2021 goals:
In closing, two important rhetorical questions were presented by Jon Stine to the global audience, along with a final call to action:
If you prefer the former, the Open Voice Network is the place for you. Please join us.