Voice Talks Fitness

Voice Talks Connects Healthy Bodies and Minds to Voice AI on Nov. 11

Modev’s VOICE Talks Presented by Google Assistant show hits the gym next week to discuss how conversational AI is changing mental and physical health activities. The episode streams live on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, and you can watch a short preview of the speakers in the clip above.

Vocal Wellness

The latest episode is officially titled “Transforming Fitness & Wellness with Voice Tech” and brings together an array of companies combining those concepts with voice AI tech. The episode will start with running and fitness app Strava’s co-founder Mark Gainey discussing with Google Assistant director of product Dina Berrada about the deepening connections voice AI is making with fitness software. Strava applies voice tech to interact with users and keep them engaged and motivated to keep up with their fitness goals.

The mental element will be at the forefront of the talk given by Kintsugi CEO Grace Chang. Kintsugi is a vocal biomarker startup with a 20-second voice test for detecting anxiety, depression, and other possible mental health concerns. The company cites a more than 80% identification rate of undiagnosed depression and recently closed an $8 million seed funding round led by Acrew Capital. The episode will round off its wellness expedition with a more abstract concept of wellness when Capstone vice president Beth Brezenoff talks to Dr. Tamara Pizzoli, the owner and author at The English Schoolhouse. The two groups partnered with audio experience studio Earplay to produce more than 25 inspirational fiction and non-fiction audio stories about “girl heroes” for International Day of the Girl.

“What i love about voice technology and publishing is that we know books don’t work for everybody,” Brezenoff said. “We know stories work for everyone.”

Modev and Google premiered Voice Talks a year and a half ago in part as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of all live events. The show’s mix of presentations, live interviews, and social media interactions with viewers has attracted more than 100,000 subscribers and half a million views. The most recent episode covered voice commerce, including an in-depth interview with Dominique Essig, the conversational commerce vice president for Walmart’s incubation division Store No8. Walmart has since ramped up its efforts in the field with a new text-to-shop feature and the acquisition of conversational design startup Botmock.

“We’re thrilled to have such distinguished industry leaders on VOICE Talks to share the benefits of conversational technology,” Modev CEO Pete Erickson said in a statement. “As we wrap up 2021, it’s inspiring to hear how customer experience is driving industry growth. I look forward to learning how Strava, Kintsugi and Capstone are helping individuals prioritize their bodies, minds, and souls.”


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