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New Voice Recognition Technology Mandates Unlearning

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Late yesterday, Google released a very cool new mobile application which employs voice Googlevoice recognition technology. The question is not so much what the technology can do today, the question is what will the technology be able to do in the near future—and how might it require professionals in the education, health care, and a host of other businesses to unlearn?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how this technology could unfold and how it might alter people’s behavior. Below are my initial thoughts from my other website: www.jumpthecurve.net:

One thought on “New Voice Recognition Technology Mandates Unlearning”

  1. Mark Jenkins says:

    Jack, I can think of several near-future applications of voice recognition. IVR (interactive voice responce) information kiosks in large stores and shopping malls. “How do I get to the Apple store from here?” “Where can I find magic markers?” “Is Jack Uldrich’s latest book in stock?” Of course any computer application is eligible for these upgrades. Picture Scotty from Star Trek in this movie clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19BWJQ8kjrw
    “A keyboard, how quaint.”
    While the technological advancement will easily accomodate this, what about the social shifts that would need to accompany it. The airline industry is weighing the benefits of allowing cell phone calls on their flights against the potential annoyance of loud cell phone conversations. Bluetooth headsets have the “is he talking to me, his cell phone, or nobody” situations occurring enough that TV commercials are lampooning them. So, will society adapt gracefully, unwillingly, or not at all, to the increased vocal noise pollution that so many people already perceive? While we have the technology, do we have the tollerance to accept it. Is Google working on a cybertetic interface yet? That would be cool.

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