In as few as five or ten years ago talking to your house or a woman who isn’t actually in the room might have landed you in the loony bin. Telling your car to switch on your house’s lights and run a bath for you at an exact temperature was science fiction. It was a dream. A maybe in 100 years, that might happen. Now it’s quite normal. 45 million voice-activated devices are in use just in America. Analysts expect this number to reach 65 million by 2019. That’s next year, by the way.
A voice-activated and controlled world is a very convenient one. Ask the fridge to buy your groceries, ask your alarm clock how busy your day will be and ask your wardrobe what you should wear today based on the weather forecast. Eventually, you’ll be able to type a whole document by driving with a car doing the typing for you. You can then tell the office printer to print you a copy of that and email one to your boss.
For years and years, we have tried to make humans more like a computer in order for them to communicate. Now, technology is turning around and trying to be more human. Every time you speak to Siri or Alexa or Google, you contribute to making it more human. It records your voice and specific parameters that indicate sarcasm, sadness or urgency. That information is then used to add to your personal profile and also to expand the device’s intelligence. A person’s voice is as unique as your fingerprint and eventually, you’ll be able to log into a system by using your voice.
Eventually, we’ll see the traditional keyboard setup disappearing, fading into the world of touch screens and voice commands. Another thing that will disappear is a written advertisement. How we get our consumer information will change by leaps and bounds. This is already being tested and shows great potential. Add on to this the option to immediately buy the product and it makes it so much easier. You’ll just have to work on self-control or your light bulb might inform you of insufficient funds to pay the electricity bill (but you’ll have solar power, right?).
There was a futuristic cartoon show called Meet the Jetsons. 90’s babies used to marvel at the characters telling the house what they want to wear and what they want to eat. Now, those same babies, in their 20’s and 30’s are leading the boom that is Artificial voice-activated technology.