Newstalk FM interview with Dr. Martyn Farrows
September 3, 2019
In this recent Newstalk radio interview, our COO Dr. Martyn Farrows offers host Jess Kelly a primer on the voice industry and SoapBox Labs‘ mission in it.
Martyn also explains why voice tech holds so much promise for young kids, and why the privacy issues associated with voice won’t be going away any time soon.
Martyn talks about the 32 US states that have mandated dyslexia screeners for five-year-olds and how speech technology like ours can automate this arduous and manual process. He talks about the smart toys market — estimated at $40Billion by 2025 — and why embedding speech tech into kids’ toys is a game changer for the industry.
Anywhere kids are interacting with tech using their voices, there’s an application for [SoapBox].Dr. Martyn Farrows, COO, SoapBox Labs
Martyn also explains how people tend to conflate voice tech and its most common use case — smart assistants in the home — when in reality “anywhere kids are interacting with tech using their voices, there’s an application for [SoapBox].”
Big tech’s business models tend to center around the monetization of personal data, and Martyn explains that while adults can choose to share data in exchange for the utility of voice, kids’ privacy must be protected by companies like ours who are leading the industry forward.
Listen to the interview with Martyn and Jess.