With the rising popularity of speech recognition in cars and mobile devices it’s not hard to see that we’re on the cusp of making speech recognition a first-class input method across our devices.
However, it shouldn’t be forgotten that what we’re seeing in our smart phones or laptops today is merely the beginning. I am convinced that we will see much more interesting applications of speech recognition technologies in the future.
So today, I wanted to ask: What application of speech recognition technology are you looking forward to the most?
For me personally, I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin.
First I’d probably go for a virtual assistant. Yes, there’s Google Now and Siri already, but those are still obviously not as good as an actual assistant. Especially Siri also suffers from being constrained to the same interaction method than an actual assistant. A virtual assistant can arguably be of much greater value when it takes a more pro-active role, exploiting the vast amount of information it has access to to become more like e.g., iron man’s JARVIS.
Secondly, there is the domain of automatic, simultaneous translation that I think is fascinating. While early implementations already exist from industry greats like Microsoft and Google, there is obviously a lot of room to grow.
And of course from computer-aided memory of real-life conversations to finally understanding the announcements from PA systems in trains – everything is up for grabs.
So given an infinite budget: what speech recognition application would you pick? Please let me know what you think in the comments!by