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Sound Ledger¹ (More Voice Assistants Than Humans)

Audio culture by the numbers

2024: The year when there will be more voice assistants than humans.

289,000,000: Number of TikTok videos tagged #synesthesia

0.2: The percent less than which it is estimated of which people actually have synesthesia

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¹Footnotes

Assistants: thesaxon.org. Synesthesia: wired.com.

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Sound Ledger¹ (Ecosystems, Airplanes, Loudspeakers)

Audio culture by the numbers

1/3: The percentage of the day that the Indian state of Karnataka now requires government approval for the use of a loudspeaker (10pm to 6am)

11,000,000: The amount, in $U.S., raised by the startup Rain to help companies “conceive, build, and manage voice experiences that integrate with brand services and ecosystems”

10: Reportedly how much higher the airplane noise from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport is than that “represented by the airport”

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¹Footnotes

Karnataka: hindustantimes.com. Rain: venturebeat.com. Rocky: thedenverchannel.com.

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Sound Ledger¹ (Audiobooks, Grooves)

Audio culture by the numbers

8: number of nonfiction audiobooks read by their authors in the current New York Times top 10

0: number of fiction audiobooks read by their authors in the current New York Times top 10

3: length, in minutes, of audio listened to by individuals who participated in a Japanese study of how the brain responds to “groove rhythm” in music

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¹Footnotes

Audiobooks: nytimes.com. Groove: nature.com.

Originally published in the May 9, 2022, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter. Get it in your inbox via tinyletter.com/disquiet.

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Sound Ledger¹ (Parisian Nights, Indian Speakers)

Audio culture by the numbers

10,000: estimated number of Parisians who can be awoken by “a single unmuffled scooter” in the middle of the night

53,942: number of loudspeakers removed from religious places across the state of Uttar Pradesh, India

60,295: number of loudspeakers from religious places across the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, whose volume has been lowered

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¹Footnotes

France: bloomberg.com. India: business-standard.com.

Originally published in the May 2, 2022, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter. Get it in your inbox via tinyletter.com/disquiet.

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Sound Ledger¹ (Mad, Noise, Toys)

Audio culture by the numbers

18: the largest number of Z’s in a single sound effect in the comics of Don Martin from Mad Magazine (for a buzzing bee)

12,000: number of annual premature deaths in Europe attributable to noise pollution

10: number of dollars, in millions, raised by the manufacturer of an “AI-enabled toy uses voice recognition and natural language processing to help instill good sleep habits in children at night and provide entertainment and educational activities during the day”

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Mad: madcoversite.com, hilobrow.com. Europe: newscientist.com. Toy: voicebot.ai

Originally published in the April 25, 2022, edition of the This Week in Sound email newsletter. Get it in your inbox via tinyletter.com/disquiet.

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