January newsletter: 25 Trends in Voice AI for 2022

January 14, 2022

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It’s great to see you in 2022! This year is promising to be another breakout year in voice AI for kids, and we can’t wait to share the latest developments with you as they happen. If you’re not already a subscriber, sign up to get our monthly newsletter directly to your inbox. Now, let’s dive in!

This month: 25 voice AI predictions for 2022; announcing The SoapBox Tech Blog; reflections on driving diversity in tech; new product and engineering opportunities at SoapBox; and more.

Voice AI predictions for 2022

2022 is set to be another game-changing year for voice AI experiences. SoapBox’s Dr. Patricia Scanlon, Dr. Martyn Farrows, and Jamie Beaumont share their predictions for the year ahead in this excellent Voicebot survey of 25 industry thought leaders. 

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Engineers, computational linguists, and product specialists, unite!

The SoapBox Tech Blog is now live on Medium. ? VP of Engineering Rob O’ Regan explains its purpose: “SoapBox is building cutting edge voice AI, and we want to celebrate our world-class team of engineers, speech scientists, and product owners, whose expertise and hard work improves our voice engine every day. Our new Medium blog is where these experts get to share their stories about building the world’s most accurate voice engine for kids.”

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Driving diversity from the bottom up

Last Thursday, Founder Dr. Patricia Scanlon spoke at an event celebrating the winners of the inaugural TECS competition, co-hosted by the University of Limerick’s new ISE degree (Immersive Software Engineering) program. Stripe, through co-founder and President John Collison, have been instrumental in the development of this new engineering degree, whose goal is to turn “curious and creative people like you into the best software engineers in the world.”

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You say tomato; I say tomato.

Need voice technology that understands all kids’ accents and pronunciations? Of course you do!

SoapBox’s voice engine does this for you by accurately scoring words down to the phoneme level — regardless of pronunciation.

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Voice AI and kidtech community news

Why we need child-specific ecosystems: “Amazon’s Alexa device tells 10-year-old to touch a penny to a live plug socket” – The Guardian

Privacy trends of popular tech companies: “Products used by children are not nearly as privacy-protecting as they should be” – Help Net Security

On the need for kidtech: “The future of kidtech: A web browser for the under-10 set” – Future

A comprehensive document on kids’ digital privacy: “Fundamentals for a child-oriented approach to data processing” – Data Protection Commission of Ireland 

A big win for the future of literacy learning: “EarlyBird Education Raises Funding from Lobby Capital for Game-Based Pre-Literacy Assessment” – EarlyBird

New roles at SoapBox 

Product Owner – Technical

Full time | Dublin, Ireland

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We’re looking for a Product Owner to join our growing team. If you’re passionate about building great experiences for kids and enjoy working in a multicultural and fast-paced environment, then this may be the position for you.


Ops / Site Reliability Engineer

Full time | Dublin, Ireland


Our Engineering team is looking for a world-class Engineer to join the team. The right person for this role is someone who is motivated and has a deep interest in managing production-grade web services in a cloud deployment environment.


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