If you give any child, say around the age of 10, a smartphone, their favourite function by far is the voice assistant. They love its ability to interact – to find and play songs, tell jokes, and provide directions.
But with technology moving the way it is, voice enabled technology isn’t child’s play any longer.
At this year’s Google I/O conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, unveiled a brand-new voice assistant, Google Duplex, that introduces a new way to carry out “real-world” tasks over the phone, like booking a beauty appointment or making reservations at a restaurant.
Sounds like the stuff of sci-fi films? Well it’s not. It’s here and now. And this new level of artificial intelligence will soon permeate all of our technology – whether it’s ‘smart home’ devices like Amazon Echo or Google Home, as well as our laptops, desktops and cars.
What’s important to note about this new voice technology is that it’s not only getting better at recognising commands, it is becoming way more user-friendly by focusing on real life demands.