Otto Soderlund, CEO and co-founder of Speechly, discusses what’s hard about adding conversational AI to apps
November 13, 2022
Otto Soderlund co-founded Speechly in 2016 with Hannes Heikinheimo in their hometown of Helsinki. He believes voice should be a first-class citizen for all apps and making it easy for developers to add voice support from any platform will unlock new innovation.
Speechly is a member of the YC Winter 22 batch. Otto and I recently co-presented at the VOICE22 event in Washington DC although I presented remote so this is the first time we’re actually meeting. I heard good things about his talk so I was eager for this discussion. It didn't disappoint.
Listen and learn…
Why voice is the new app and what it means to develop "voice-first" apps
How RAIN Agency uses Speechly to help auto technicians use voice assistants to fix cars
How to accurately detect and transcribe speech when dealing with common challenges like background noise and accents
When speech detection achieved "superhuman" levels of accuracy
How Speechly combines speech recognition with natural language understanding (NLU) on the local device
How Otto thinks about exercising responsible AI
Why "voice technology won't exist as a separate field in a decade"