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July 24th, 2017 by thevoicerevolution

One day last week, I was sitting on the floor in the living room playing with both Amaris, our medically-fragile 2-year old and our 3.5-year old, Lyncoln, while my wife, Lori, was in the kitchen making feeds to give to Amaris. To make the feeds that we give to Amaris through a g-tube in her tummy, Lori needs to balance carbs, proteins, calories, and so on. She was using her iPhone to find out how many calories various new items she was putting into the feeds when she says to me, “I want an iPad that just stays here in the kitchen.”

“You want the new Amazon Echo Show,” I told her.

“What’s that?”

“Ask Alexa.”

So she turns to the old Amazon Echo we have in the kitchen and says, “Alexa, tell me about the new Amazon Echo Show.”

Amazon says something like, “Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free—just ask. Would you like me to order you one?”

She looks at me and we communicate using our facial expressions and hands to agree that, yes, she would like Alexa to order us one.

Our new Amazon Echo Show arrived Friday. And we both love it. It’s far from perfect, and the third-party developer apps for the new screen-enabled Alexa device aren’t quite ready for primetime, but after two days, we’ve used it dozens of times to play videos, connect to our Samsung TV, to pull up recipes, to get information about calories in cooked brown rice (there are several varieties of brown rice, which Alexa listed for us along with the caloric value of a cup of each after its been cooked)…

For more than a year now, you all have been reading my commentary about how Alexa has already become a de facto operating system/platform and how Alexa is taking us to a future where we don’t swipe our smartphones, but we talk to a variety of smart devices, some with screens, including your smartphone but also new screen formats, including 3-D projectors and holographic imagery. By focusing itself as an operating system/platform in its own right, Alexa is several factors better than the competing voice interactivity solutions from Apple, Google, Samsung, Nuance or others. But the competition will make them all get much better in coming years.

We are quickly headed into a future where we engage with our devices by voice and not by swiping screens to pull up apps. In fact, the concept of “app” is about to become muddied, as the idea that you’d ever download an app to your smartphone will become passe. For example, when you want to enable your Amazon Echo device to play SiriusXM, you don’t download the SiriusXM app to it, you simply go into your Alexa app on your smartphone and enable the Sirius XM Skill (not app, but “skill”) and then you simply say, “Alexa, play channel 18 on Sirius XM” and she puts on the Beatles Channel.

You won’t be swiping around your smartphone to access various apps, you’ll simply say outloud, “Alexa/Siri/Google/Cortana/Bixby, open The IAm Jim Cramer App” and voila, The IAm Jim Cramer app opens up on your smartphone screen — or just as likely, the app pops open on your smartdisplay, perhaps an Amazon Echo Show or a 3-D holographic screen from your watch or just your car’s dashboard.

Remember back ten years ago when the iPhone first hit and I kept explaining that there would be billions of smartphones sold which would be used trillions of times every day and that there would be trillions of dollars of value created for investors? I called it The App Revolution. The Voice Revolution is going to be even bigger, as billions of people will use their Voice to work, play, search, learn, navigate, create and so on….everything you do on your computer, on your smartphone, on your car, in your kitchen — everything you do will be impacted by The Voice Revolution.

Voice-interaction (along with the artificial intelligence that enables voice-interaction to continually improve) is one of the most important new revolutions we’re about to live through. The Voice Revolution.

So my team and I are feverishly working on finding every company that will benefit from the Voice Revolution (clearly Amazon, but also dozens of other VIR publicly-traded companies and many more that will be coming public in the next year or two) and every company that will be disrupted by it (think about any company that depends on people clicking on ads, retailers, etc). We’re putting together a book called “How to Invest in the Voice Revolution” that will contain all of our research and will include both stocks to buy and stocks to short. We should have it published and in your inbox by the end of this month.

And The Voice Revolution site and app will cover all things related to The Voice Revolution, from headlines, news and how The Voice Revolution works, how to invest in it, how to build for it and much more.

The Voice Revolution will stand on the shoulders of the Artificial Intelligence Revolution which is built upon the App Revolution which is built Internet Revolution which is built upon the Computer Revolution and the Telecom Revolution which are built upon Electricity Revolution….

Stay tuned for many more trends, names, ideas, sectors and general analysis of The Voice Revolution, what could end up being as big and important a revolution as any before it.

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July 21st, 2017 by thevoicerevolution

I have bought two Amazon Alexa Shows for myself. One for my wife and I at home and one for my office. I am going to get another one for my other office. I sent an Echo Show to two of the team members at The IAm App. We are going to work on enabling Alexa “Skills” for our IAm Apps. (Maybe they are going to have to be called “IAm Skills” now?!)

My wife also bought one for her office. She is an attorney and her company got one or two for her. That is at least four or five Amazon Alexa shows that I personally bought in the last two weeks since they have released them. Clearly I love this technology thought it’s still far from perfect.

The Echo Show, with its screen makes the Alexa Voice Interaction just that much more awesome — and the the Echo Dot and Echo devices without screens are great already.

What is so amazing is that Amazon/Jeff Bezos did this classic Steve Jobs/Apple thing from years ago, when Apple would create products that nobody even knew they wanted and that is what Alexa is. You just didn’t know you wanted that interface until it was there.

I gave a speech introducing Steve Wozniak at the Apple Investment Summit, which was an honor, probably 5 years ago in LA I think it was. Steve talked for 30-45 minutes and he gave a great speech. One of the things he talked about was as revolutionary as the iPhone was that it was a device that took you to where you didn’t even know you wanted to go. And he pulled out his iPhone 4 or 5 at the time, and said I want to be able to talk to it like “iPhone, open up the movie I was watching last night.”

Everybody oohed in the crowd, “Oh that would be so cool!”

That was 5 years ago. Apple didn’t get us there. Steve Wozniak doesn’t work at Apple anymore, but if he did, he would have gotten Apple there first.

Instead though, it was Jeff Bezos who took us there.

Now I am telling you guys, whether you know it or not you want Amazon Alexa Show, Alexa Dot, anything Alexa related because the interface is getting better all the time. It is already establishing itself as the de facto standard for this Voice Revolution.

[Alexa, play channel 18 from Sirius XM. Music playing.]

[Alexa, show me Beetles videos on Youtube. Beetles video playing.]

[Alexa, play number one.]

And now I am watching Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on a screen. Oh sorry, it is Strawberry Fields Forever, I couldn’t see it from back here.

I will wrap up today with Strawberry Fields in the background and this thought, is the Alexa App on my iPhone going to get to the point where I am going to be able to talk to it and bypass Siri?

Is The IAm App developing for Apple or Google? Well yes, we make apps for their smartphones and tablets so we develop on the Apple and Google operating systems…

But we are getting ahead of the train and are starting to develop for Alexa and guess what, we are not the only ones!

Talk about disruptive perhaps Alexa is the Killer App of all-time. How disruptive would it be for me to be able to say “Alexa, open the IAm Neil Patrick Harris App” not just to the Echo Show, but if I could say that to my iPhone and the Alexa App hears it and opens up the IAm Skills set that we built for the Alexa operating system and it pops up on my iPhone screen just like it does on my Echo Show screen.

Is the App Revolution dead? Do we need to change the name to the Skill Revolution? That is what Alexa calls it. It allows you to enable “skills.” You don’t have to download an app to the Alexa, you just turn on the skill and start listening to Sirius XM, watching Youtube, jamming out to The Beetles, etc.

Oh come on, the Beatles Strawberry Fields video just ended just as I got up. Oh, it is going to the next one, and it’s them performing “Don’t Let Me Down” on top of the building there in NYC.

And with that people, I will do my best not to let you down.

Wise words from Johnny Boy Lennon. Peace, Love and Happiness.

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July 20th, 2017 by thevoicerevolution

Let’s hit on Amazon’s new Echo Show device that is a voice-enabled house assistant that includes a touch screen (most likely an Android-based touch screen like Amazon’s Fire devices. Essentially, this Amazon Echo Show device will work as a prototype for them to perfect the upcoming Echo smartphone that I’ve been telling you will be coming one day.

This is what I mean when I tell people that Alexa is driving us to a future where you won’t have to swipe your screens to interact with apps.

“You shouldn’t be compelled to go and interact with the screen — you should be able to do it with your voice,” Mr. Limp said in a product briefing. “It’s very different from traditional computing as we’ve known it for the last three decades.”

Apple and Google will eventually catch up with the idea that we’re going to speak to our devices (including our smartphones) and we will also have many other shortcuts to pull up (and/or download) apps by the hundreds on our smartphones, TVs, computers, refrigerators, Echo-Show’s, etc. (PS. The IAm Apps are positioned for this revolution…)

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