Today was the final day of the international VOICE Summit held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) campus in Newark, which, over the past three days – through panel discussions, exhibits, demonstrations and presentations – explored the many applications and impact that voice technology has on nearly every facet of our society.
In a sense, the event’s final day brought all the excitement and discussion of the past two days about the wonders of voice technology full circle, projecting into the future just what type of impact the technology itself will have.
In many ways, voice technology can be viewed as a technologically progressive solution to the notion that effective face-to-face communication has been lost in the swath of handhelds and button pushing in the digital age.
Jeanos explained that the next step of voice technology could see devices not only being able to recognize a voice and complete an action, but instead to anticipate intent and read emotion. “Voice technology has evolved so quickly, that projections suggest that in the next 5 to 10 years, machines will be better able than we are to determine a human’s state of mind, their mood and even their physical wellbeing.”
He continues, “Voice is the gateway to the next era of profound technological achievement. … As the user interface (UI) for the masses, voice has the potential to free us from our screens, keyboards and coding, and fulfill the long-awaited dream of being able to speak to objects of our own invention and have them answer back.”
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