Voice recognition is here, in a way.
If computers could understand what we are saying it would be so much easier, wouldn’t it?
We have come a long way to voice recognition, but still have further to go before we can talk to computers like in the movies Star Trek or Her.
To help people understand the complexity of search recognition, Google released a short video Behind the Mic: The Science of Talking with Computers.
In an entertaining way, the video explores one of the many hot topics in the computer world, highlighting the evolution of the work the technology has undergone by now.
How did we get here?
We started in 1952, with Bell Laboratories and a machine that could recognize numbers spoken by one specific person.
Can we teach our devices to talk with us the way we wish to?
With improved voice technology, comes a new form of information accessibility and productivity.
Once we are able to operate without physical input, we are going to solve a lot of problems we face today (at least that’s the idea).
And, where are we today with voice recognition and search?
Stone Temple released the data from a study where they compared all three virtual mobile assistants, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana to test their skills.
They compared all three platforms via 3,086 different quires to trigger certain results known as a “knowledge box” (direct answer to a question in a search), such as How many quarts in a gallon?, or What is a group of monkey called?, or Who invented Facebook?
Given Google’s search speciality, it’s no surprise Google is the winner.
„Google Now (this was the Google App running on the iPhone) returns twice as many results as Siri and nearly three times as many results as Cortana.
Google is much further down the path with this type of work than either Apple or Cortana“, concludes Stone Temple’s Eric Enge in the blog post.
This is a short video that demonstrates some basic queries including the answer to What does the fox say?
A recent Google study showed that teenage users are more likely to use voice search than their parents are.
— Google (@Google) October 14, 2014
The technology has improved remarkably in the past few years, and today we probably couldn’t imagine being without the internet in our pockets.
Voice control is going to open a door to a new era in which we would be able to harness technology in completely different ways we probably can’t still fully imagine.
Voice recognition has plenty room for improvement and years of development, although one thing is certain: it will further reshape the way we interact and communicate.