New Technologies Find a Voice… And it’s Ours

Imagine being able to navigate your way through life using only your voice. While it may sound futuristic to some, it is reality to others.

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It’s official. Technology has caught up to the most basic and yet powerful human capability: Our voice.

How else to explain the rapid rise of digital assistants Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, Alexa and the newest entrant, Samsung’s Bixby? These systems rely on voice commands rather than touch to control devices or applications, providing us with near-seamless access to a dizzying array of information, services, shopping, you name it.

All I can say is… it’s about time. After years in which the titans of technology have seemingly impeded access to their devices with unintuitive navigation, mind-numbing interfaces and diabolical dropdowns, they’ve finally embraced the simplicity, elegance and power of the human voice. (How long they continue to do so is anybody’s guess. But more on that later.) Continue reading

Alexa, Siri and Friends – the Voices of the Future

An ages-old tool is making our keyboard, mouse, laptop and smartphone obsolete – enabling us to explore new worlds and accomplish new things: Our voice. 

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While visiting friends recently they promised to introduce me to the newest addition to their family. I was pretty sure they weren’t having any more children, and I didn’t see a new dog, cat or fish anywhere, so I wondered what this new addition was. Continue reading