End Of The Line

Open Voice Network's sold-out Voice Interoperability Workshop; Just AI releases new report on voice technology in Russia

What do you get when you combine Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty?

One of music’s original supergroups - the Traveling Wilburys.

The band’s success hinged on a mutual agreement that Dylan, among the most famous musicians that’s ever lived, would be treated the same as everyone else, as a creative equal. Ego would be left at the door.

When they won a Grammy award for their album, which went platinum multiple times over and would leave a profound legacy decades later, what did they do to celebrate?

Eat together at Denny’s.

The Open Voice Network hosts a landmark workshop this week on Voice Interoperability, which I just learned is completely filled to capacity and unable to take any additional registration. (The proceedings will be made available beginning June 18 on their website.)

I’ll be on a panel on Tuesday as part of the program, which will later be reprised on Clubhouse as a live discussion beginning at 6:30 PM. The Clubhouse event is open for all who want to attend and is hosted by Ian Utile and Dr. Teri Fisher.

Our friends at Just AI have released a new report discussing the Russian voice assistant and smart speaker market.

I’m including the information on this report below, which also includes information about the CONVERSATIONS conference next week and how to register.

By the end of 2020, according to Just AI research, 800 thousand smart speakers were sold in Russia, meaning, the country’s population owns over 1 million smart speakers.

Since there is very little research dedicated solely to the Russian voice assistant and smart speaker market, this report provides a holistic overview of its main drivers and peculiarities, shares one-of-a-kind stats, as well as aims to understand how the pandemic affected it.

Here’s what makes it so peculiar:

  1. Russia’s voice tech industry is driven by local tech companies like Yandex and SBER that add voice to ecosystems of services

  2. Global giants like Google and Apple have a much harder time promoting their offering, while Amazon has no presence at all

  3. Russia’s voice assistant market is among the most populated ones: there are general-purpose assistants like Alice by Yandex, Marusya by Mail.ru Group, and SBER’s Salut Family comprising three virtual assistants, as well as fin-tech and lifestyle assistant Oleg by Tinkoff - and there are more in the works.

    Read on to find out  – Voice Assistant and Smart Speaker Landscape in Russia 2021.


    If you want to learn more, join CONVERSATIONS – an online conference that reflects the latest trends and the biggest events in the conversational AI industry. New strategies for voice, business insights, the best industry cases, a hackathon, master classes, a tech exhibition, and so much more!  


Early Bird registration discounts for all of the following IN PERSON events end this Wednesday, which includes both publishing tech conferences DBW West and Digital Book World 2021, as well as the return of Boston’s Voice of Healthcare Summit.

The Early Bird deadline for Florida’s Project Voice X, NYC’s Voice of Money, and Austin’s Voice of Gaming wraps up July 1.