How VUIs change our lives Voice user interface, a great step in mobile-first to AI first transition

A couple days ago Google published the 2017 summary of their voice-first solutions: Google Home (hardware) and Google Assistant (software). And it seems that the new way of how we interact with the technology knocks on our door. With “Google Home usage increased 9X this holiday season over last year’s”, and one Google Home Mini sold in each second since its premiere, it’s become clear that voice interfaces are slowly going out of an early adoption stage and they’ve begun to settle for good in our homes and minds.

But what is so revolutionary in VUIs and what are the real benefits of having voice-controlled devices around?

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Surface Capabilities in Google Assistant Skills Adjust your conversation to audio and screen surfaces

This post was published in Chatbots Magazine: Surface Capabilities in Google Assistant Skills.

This post is a part of series about building the personal assistant app, designed for voice as a primary user interface. More posts in series:

  1. Your first Google Assistant skill
  2. Personalize Google Assistant skill with user data
  3. This post

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Personalize Google Assistant skill with user data Actions on Google — permissions handling

This post was published in Chatbots Magazine: Personalize Google Assistant skill with user data.

This post is a part of series about building the personal assistant app, designed for voice as a primary user interface. More posts in series:

  1. Your first Google Assistant skill
  2. This post
  3. Surface capabilities in Google Assistant skills

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Your first Google Assistant skill How to build conversational app for Google Home or Google Assistant

This post was published in Chatbots Magazine: Your first Google Assistant skill.

Smart home speakers, assistant platforms and cross-device solutions, so you can talk to your smartwatch and see the result on your TV or car’s dashboard. Personal assistants and VUIs are slowly appearing around us and it’s pretty likely that they will make our lives much easier.
Because of my great faith that natural language will be the next human-machine interface, I decided to start writing new blog posts series and building an open source code where I would like to show how to create new kind of apps: conversational oriented, device-independent assistant skills which will give us freedom in platform or hardware we use.
And will bring the most natural interface for humans – voice.

This post is a part of series about building personal assistant app, designed for voice as a primary user interface. More posts in series:

  1. This post
  2. Personalize Google Assistant skill with user data
  3. Surface capabilities in Google Assistant skills

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(Book) Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe is the third book written by Walter Isaacson which I’ve just finished (previously: Steve Jobs and The Innovators). For the 3rd time, I was impressed by the wealth of information about Einstein’s life, relationships, struggles, philosophies and of course the field of science which he dedicated his life to – theoretical physics.

Book tells very detailed story about unnoticed and underestimated genius who proposed the most famous equation: E=mc², Theory of Relativity and many other breakthrough theories. Even if they were just theoretical considerations, based on them we could build GPS system, nuclear energy (and atomic bomb), lasers, modern scientific cosmology and many others.

Einstein doesn’t have to be physics professor (actually he wasn’t even a teacher) to perform the most sophisticated thought experiments in the history. It is undoubtedly that his nonconformist personality, curiosity and passions unlocked limitless creativity which accompanied his whole life.

Einstein: His Life and Universe is really good read about how to achieve the mastery. Einstein did it for sure, changing our lives.

I highly recommend this book as a source of inspiration!

(Video) Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

It’s Saturday. Your todo list is full of tasks, you have plenty of plans and dreams about the future. But, yeah, it’s Saturday, so everything can wait until Monday, correct?

If you decided to stay at home and procrastinate a bit, you definitely have to see this TED talk by Tim Urban:

And if you don’t know who Tim Urban is, there is nothing better than reading about hard things (form procrastination to AI) on his blog: Wait But Why.

Fast reading

Today I visited a bookstore and, like many times in the past, the same thing happened again. There were so many great books waiting to be read (The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly, Death’s Acre by William Bass, Jon Jefferson, Console Wars by Blake Harris, The Universe in Your Hand by Christophe Galfard) but I couldn’t get them. Not until I finish at least the most important ones which I’ve been reading (Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson).

At the end, I went out with The Inevitable, but there was something else. Finally, I decided to buy a guide for fast reading. Hopefully, when I come back here after a month or a year, I’ll be grateful for this decision.

If not? Well, currently I can’t afford to not try. There are so many amazing written things waiting to be read.

Augmenting the reality

Two days ago Apple released iOS 11 (I wrote about it more in my summary of WWDC 2017). One of the big new features was ARKit – a new framework for augmented reality experiences. If you haven’t had a chance to get familiar with this, either as a developer or end-user, here is an amazing demo showed during WWDC:

Unreal Engine demo by Wingnut AR – Augmented Reality studio led by Sir Peter Jackson

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(Video) Culture of creativity "You cannot force creativity, but you can encourage and facilitate it."

Ben Chestnut, co-founder and CEO of MailChimp – marketing automation tool, talks about the history of the company. But also about management and cultivating creative culture. Video is full of smiles and inspiration, I highly encourage to watch it!