Something in Your Voice Can Save Your life.

An MRI machine costs millions of dollars ( or Euros) and it takes time to set up an appointment with a doctor, get the MRI ordered and executed. A specialist will than review the scans and issue a report to your doctor.

What is 3 minutes of your speech could give you 10 years of better life quality?  

Today I have interviewed the CEO and founder of a company that is using voice to understand patients’ medical conditions. I am including here two readings (one general and one technical) about the technology and business value.

However, there are two very important learning I want to discuss for those who are interested in business application of A.I.

The first one is the economic driver of A.I. in this contest. In the past I wrote about the ability of A.I. to increase capacity (more stuff gets done) , remove subjectivity and lower costs.

There is an important tweak here about reducing costs and increase capacity. Basically A.I. is transforming low cost technology meant for low level application into high performance high reliability instruments without drastically increase the cost of the low-level instrument.  

This is simply revolutionary. Just think of how many more people can have access to quality service that was not possible before. This is pretty much like electricity.

 The second element I want to talk about is the importance of user interface in designing an A.I. product.

Th early success that NeuroLex is experiencing is due to their ability to create a simple webpage that combines visual, text and audio in a way that is convenient for thee end users, handy to use and funny to engage with. The user interface provides value to the user despite it is designed to acquire data in a way to satisfy the current technology limitations ( e.g. make you repeating tests in various ways to make sure the sampling is correct )

Indeed despite the complexity of the voice technology, this particular company wins in the market place because of their UX offering over other competitors.

Here is the link to on paper:

The other one is attached

Here is the voice book: our textbook in voice computing: