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The Future of Voice – Leon Tsai

Voice User Interface is going to be a huge tech revolution that is coming very soon and we can already see its implementation by major players such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Voice provides us so much more speed and convenience than typing, especially when it comes to commands. Whereas originally, being able to search up the weather on your phone was amazing, we’re now able to just ask our phones, “What’s the weather like?” and have our phones respond. Speed and convenience is paramount to people. Voice, combined with machine learning, will dramatically change how people interact with technology. There will be a more seamless interaction between users and machines, with quick response time. The Amazon Alexa and the Google Home are two examples of smart speakers that are dominating the market. Virtual assistants are already helpful in their infant stages but we’re seeing growing advancements in the space, such as Google’s Virtual Assistant in a demo mimicking a human voice to schedule an appointment. It has become intuitive to just add voice user interface into products because it makes it so much quicker and easier than pressing, swiping, or typing.

With the further innovation to come, in this tech space, I see us becoming significantly more dependent on technology but to our benefit and convenience. Voice will make us more efficient and organized. If nothing else, it’ll make entertainment easier and more leisurely. We already see voice in video game consoles, television, automobiles, speakers, cellphones. As the technology improves and becomes more sophisticated, we will use it to our benefit more and also depend on it more. This will be a global feature because it already exists in various tech spaces.

Voice is being implemented into some many different technologies and services, it seems that it will soon be very accessible globally. There would be Voice User Interface anywhere there are cars, phones, video games, computers, tablets, etc. Making appointments, creating calendar events, checking daily information will all be easily achieved without any direct effort. People can multi-task and get things done faster. When watching television or listening to music, people could ask out loud for their search query, rather than typing this out. This changes user experience with technology in big ways. Simply put, things will become a lot quicker and easier.

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