E13 Patricia Scanlon, CEO and Founder of Soapbox Labs

    Welcome to episode 13 of the AI Ireland podcast, the show that breaks down the hype and explores the impact that Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are making on our everyday lives.

    Our goal is to share with you the insights of technologists and data science enthusiasts to showcase the excellent work that is been done within AI in Ireland.

    Today’s guest is Patricia Scanlon, who is the founder and CEO of Soapbox Labs. Patricia has 20 years of experience working in Artificial Intelligence & Speech Recognition Technology and in 2013, she set up SoapBox Labs after realising speech recognition technology built for adults, such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, doesn’t work as well as it could do for kids.

    Soapbox Labs encourages conversation and engagement through entertainment based conversations and education based games. It also helps with speech and pronunciation assessment for reading and English language learning as kids learn to read and build fluency. It is their mission to create “the world’s most accurate and accessible speech technology for children” that support reading and language development, children’s voice-control for IoT devices in the home, smart toys and AR/VR experiences.

    In today’s interesting episode, you will learn about:

    • Patricia’s background and what inspired her to set up Soapbox Labs
    • Changes in attitude towards the ever-growing emergence of Voice AI
    • The different challenges that arise from creating a speech recognition technology for children
    • The importance of taking responsibility of your data and data privacy
    • Her opinions on where Voice technology is headed in the next couple of years
    • Exciting projects ahead for Soapbox Labs



    What did you make of Patricia’s podcast? Where do you see the future of AI and speech recognition technology heading in the next few years? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

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