Moshe Yudkowsky

President, Disaggregate

Revolutionary Telephony
15 minutes, 6.9mb, recorded 2007-03-01
Moshe Yudkowsky

In the last few years, telephony prices have dropped to ridiculouslylow levels and today, one doesn't need a telephone instrument toreceive or make calls, and the whole concept of a telephone company isdestined for destruction. Personal services are disappearing from thelandscape while technology rapidly replaces them, albeit with a dividebetween what a customer wants and what he gets. What change is behindthis revolution? Moshe Yudkowsky, President of Disaggregate, offers histheory on why emerging telephony is revolutionary.

Change causes revolution. The revolution we are witnessing in the area of telephony may be categorized into five distinct areas: shared authority, ownership, mechanics, space, and time. Website such as digg and Wikipedia are proof that the Web has transitioned to a system of shared authority where the users have power to decide content. The fundamental innovation of telephony is mechanics - that bandwidth is separate from routing. It is the breaking up of elements that causes revolution. Open source software is a specimen of such a phenomenon where each aspect of the process is now shared.


Moshe Yudkowsky is the president of Disaggregate, a consulting company that helps companies create, understand, and apply revolutionary technology. He specializes in consulting and education for speech recogntion, text-to-speech, and biometrics. His background includes a Ph.D. in physics from Northwestern University, work at Bell Laboratories on several large-scale deployments of speech recognition applications, and a stint at Dialogic (later Intel) as the senior system architect for speech technology.

Yudkowsky also led the ECTF's Automatic Speech Recognition Task Group for over a decade, and served as technical chair of the ECTF in 2001. In 2002, he became the first chair of the Midwest Speech Technology Association, a U.S.-based organization of speech technology professionals. He is a board member of AVIOS, an international organization that promotes speech technology.

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