2017: The Year of Voice Recognition Technology?

A decade ago, voice recognition seemed like a futuristic trend that might never become mainstream. In 2016, everything from search engines to smartphones responded to voice commands. Now that 2017 is almost here, technology insiders predict the sales of equipment with voice recognition capability to skyrocket. Forget Siri and other intelligent personal assistants. The technology on tap for the coming year and beyond promises to inspire a technology revolution.

Artificial Intelligence Has Reached the Next Level

What Siri and similar voice recognition programs have in common is that they operate in a question and answer format. The user asks a question and the program returns results based on it selecting the most important words. Future forms of artificial intelligence will go way beyond that, per Google, Apple, IBM, and other companies that invested in them. Their newly developed programs contain deep-learning techniques that make vast improvements in computer learning and voice recognition possible. Developers confidently predict that the newest generation of personal assistants equipped with artificial intelligence capability can respond to spoken instructions better than most people can.

The Role of the Internet of Things in Improving Speech Recognition Devices

Self-service interaction on the Internet, such as transferring a bank balance or booking a vacation, has grown tremendously ever since these types of transactions became possible. People prefer the anonymity and convenience of conducting business online as opposed to driving to speak to a customer service representative face-to-face. This knowledge has pushed more businesses towards developing intelligent virtual assistants (IVA) that provide the prompt and accurate service people expect while adding a human touch. Unlike human workers who can only respond to one customer at a time, IVAs can simultaneously serve thousands of people.

While IVAs currently exist, they provide a less than satisfactory experience for online users. They speak or type in a query and receive an instant response from a computer-generated assistant. Future personal assistants powered by the Internet of Things (IOT) will no longer be prompted by voice or typing alone. They will interact with and trigger processes based on the user’s speech and actions. One prime example is a device insurance companies offer to drivers to monitor their driving habits and qualify for a premium discount.

Intelligent Wireless Earbuds

Hearable technology in the form of intelligent wireless earbuds provides users with a personal computer they interact with while wearing it. Representing the future of voice recognition, users can receive notification of a text message or to send one themselves by verbally dictating it. These are just two examples of tasks users can perform using the power of voice recognition. It allows them to block out unwanted background noise and focus only on what they want to hear.

While out for a walk or bike ride, hearables users can ask the device for directions to the store or a review on the latest movie. The hands-free aspect makes it safer to multi-task for those who are so inclined. In 2017 and beyond, technology experts anticipate that this product and others like it will have an unprecedented effect on consumer behavior.


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