Life as a J: Nalin Richardson
This week, we’re continuing our new series welcoming the newest member and first intern of team Jargon, Nalin. As we continue to grow and invest in our mission, we look forward to sharing with the community a spotlight on J’s contributing to the voice ecosystem.
Nalin, where is home for you?
I grew up in Wakefield, Rhode Island but moved out to Washington for school.
Give us a little background about yourself:
I am an incoming senior at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee and playing French Horn. Go Loggers!
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
I would tell myself not to put too much pressure on the future and to explore my interests in technology more.
What is the one thing you cannot live without?
My family, we all have a very close relationship and talk regularly despite our distance. They are the rock I can always rely on.
Podcasts or music? Do you have a favorite?
Music, though I listen to a lot of political podcasts on my morning commute. For music I like Folk, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Dance Pop, Chill Rap, and Classical.
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I think it would have been incredible to be alive for the moon landing.
Can you play any instruments?
I have been playing French Horn for 12 years. I also used to sing a cappella and I still think I can bust out a solo if need be.
What does a weekday in your shoes look like?
Working at Jargon this summer has been a challenge and an incredible experience. It has been thrilling to work on such a small team working through tough problems each day. After work I am often hanging out with friends and family, adventuring around Seattle.
What about the weekend?
This summer I haven’t spent too much time in the city on the weekends. I often visit relatives out on the Kitsap Peninsula, enjoying the summer evenings outside the hubbub of the city.
What excites you the most about voice?
The idea that voice can essentially replace the UI of a product. There is no need for clicking or swiping, we only need to speak to access the content we are looking for.
Who is your go-to voice assistant?
I have a Google Pixel so the google assistant is my go-to for anytime of day.
The year is 2030, what is a voice interaction like?
I think a voice interaction in 2030 would be similar to a conversation with a friend. It would be seamless and flow naturally as if you were talking with a human. I would also hope that it would have no problem understanding all accents and languages.
Got any favorite quotes?
“Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt
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