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will.i.am believes he’s building the future’s voice-based operating system (yes, really)

By Kerry Flynn

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Will.i.am was sitting in a tight, grey conference room in San Francisco’s Moscone Center when he dropped a bomb on me: Not Amazon, nor Apple, nor Google, nor anyone had developed a real voice assistant… yet.

When will.i.am says he’s working on an assistant, I say I have one on my iPhone.

“No, you don’t,” he said. He grabbed his own phone from the table. “That’s a platform on iOS.”

I’m meeting with him to learn about Omega, which he ā€” like any confident entrepreneur ā€” argues is far superior than its competitors. Yes, will.i.am believes he has the next big thing, and he’s not alone. There’s $117 million in fresh venture funding and a team of Amazon veterans with him. …

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