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Speech Recognition and The Road Ahead

Slowly and gradually, speech recognition technology, including both hardware and software is now becoming an ever more important part of our collective lives. From Google’s Assistant eponymous ‘assistant’, to iPhone’s feisty “Siri” to Microsoft’s “Cortana”. The lives of an increasingly large number of people who routinely use such technology is steadily being changed, for the better. The future of speech recognition is looking brighter every day.

From Google Maps to any one of a thousand voice recognition apps, it is now entirely possible to just simply ‘ask’ your phone to guide you to your destination and the program will essentially take care of the rest.

Of course, it was not always this easy and indeed, some of the first forays into voice recognition technology were the stuff of nightmares, or worse, they came out funny enough to sound ludicrous.

But that was then, and this is now, and today’s cutting edge technology has us not convulsing in peals of laughter, but rather, jaw dropping wonder.  And it is not just the industry heavy weights alone, that have been responsible for a sea change in terms of speech recognition software capabilities. On the contrary, a very large number of independent smart phone apps have also joined the fray as well. All of which has combined to create an atmosphere of near unparalleled acceptance of SR technology, as a means of getting things done, easily and quickly. There are many reasons due to which people are shifting to voice recognition to get their tasks and chores done faster than ever before. Let us take a quick look at a few uses of voice recognition here:

The ultimate user friendly software

This is the era of the ubiquitous smartphone. Just about everyone has one and they use them to interact with the world around them. However, the really small touch screens are difficult to use when it comes to typing large amounts of data. This is the part where SR comes into the picture. Instead of laboriously typing away on the tiny screen, it is possible to have even extended social media conversations, by simply ‘talking’ to the phone, rather than ‘on’ the phone. This has ushered in an era of convenience that had hitherto, never existed before.

Increased safety measures

Many of today’s smartphone devices can be locked and unlocked on the basis of voice recognition alone. This means that the phone as well as its precious data can be perfectly safe from being accessed by anyone other than the duly authorized individual. Apart from that, a car’s navigation system can also be operated via voice control. This will eliminate the need for a person to take his hands off the wheel while he is driving.

These are but a few of the advantages that voice recognition technology has bought to the world at large. And going forwards it is an axiomatic assumption that SR will continue to grow and perhaps, even dominate how we communicate with the world around us.