Voice Technology: What your voice can do for you

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The power of voice technology

People naturally spend their time talking about themselves, research indicates. After they are tired of talking to themselves, the second most important topic of interest is their opinions, then other people, things and lastly you!

How are people using voice technology?

The average person speaks 100-150 words per minute, most of which goes to waste. Artificial Intelligence has however introduced better uses of voice. Since Apple introduced Siri in 2011, the use of voice has been extended at home and work, People are using voice technology at home, in their cars, on the go and at work to perform various functions.

Studies have indicated that majority of people use voice technology to conduct online search, which is predicted to account for 50 percent of all searches by 2020. Voice search is available on all search engines. People also use voice to find a local business, get information, listen to music, conduct research on products, do shopping or even type. Right now, voice search accounts for over 1 billion voice searches every month.

Google has introduced the first human-sounding voice assistant, Google Duplex, which makes it easier for you to make calls by issuing a voice command. You do not do a number lookup or dial, especially when driving, to make that call to your friends, family members, hairdresser or restaurant. According to statistics, Google Assistant is available on more than 400 million devices.

Amazon is also fighting for a space in your living room with its Echo and Amazon speakers.  It is estimated that the retail giant has sold over 5.1 million smart speakers since 2014. Microsoft has also not been left behind. Cortana currently has 133 million users every month who use the service to perform various tasks on their computers.

Advantages of using voice search

When you compare the number of words people speak per minute with the number of words typed every minute, you will realise that voice makes work easier.  Instead of typing 40-60 wpm, you can type at the speed of speech.

Given that Google Duplex makes it easier for you to make calls, book appointments or make reservations, it makes it possible for you to operate your phone while on the road. You do not have to worry about making calls while driving because Google has you covered.

Voice technology also makes it possible for you to perform multiple tasks at the same time. For instance, driving while making a phone call.

Another advantage of voice technology is that it makes search and retrieval of information faster. You do not need to keep searching on your computer. You speak, and your voice assistant does the rest for you.

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