The Future of Voice Search

Smartphones have been one of recent history’s fastest growing technological advancements. Like most technology, the inception of smartphones has led to the necessity for other supportive technologies to be developed. For example, mobile devices being able to get connected to a full version of the Internet requires developers to generate and design new ways of interacting with the Internet. Consequently, technology has turned to a mature program, voice recognition, to develop a new and fascinating user tool: voice search. Voice search was created with a simple mission: provide easy Internet searching without worrying about undersized keyboards or long scrolling text. While voice search fulfills this mission, it also opens the door for current technologies to find exciting and new applications.

 

What is voice search?

   

The Internet is dependent on the ability to search the seemingly infinite amount of information available online.  As more and more mobile devices are able to access the Internet fully, it’s become increasingly important that they are quickly able to search online content. Voice search streams speech digitally through the Internet to a remote database running computationally demanding voice-recognition algorithms that return corresponding text to a user’s search box. In basic terms, voice search uses the Internet to turn your voice into text so you can search the Internet.

The main resource of this technology is cloud computing. Voice search takes voice recognition to the cloud instead of the device itself, allowing for extremely high performance in both accuracy and timeliness. This is the main component that separates voice search from voice recognition.

Though voice recognition technology is familiar to most consumers, it has never been a fully functional technology. Voice search has taken the idea behind voice recognition, combined it with cloud computing (and a few highly mathematical algorithms) and turned it into a fully functioning tool.

What is the future of voice search?

    As voice search is implemented through familiar tools such as Google and in smartphones, we will most likely see even more creative applications develop. It is very likely that device control will soon be integrated with voice search technology.

    However, most exciting is what could come of language understanding technology combined with the voice search tool. Common search engines, like Google, match a search query to words in a documented text or written meta content. Language understanding technology takes a more practical approach by searching more abstract fields. To illustrate, a common search for the word “photo editor” would result in files or meta content containing those words. A voice search with language understanding software, however, would load a photo editing software, like Photoshop. Imagine your computer running a program simply because you asked it to.

    Voice search is a perfect example of how technology evolves in line with cultural trends. The Internet became mobile with smartphone integration and combined with the advent of cloud computing, opened the door for new search options to be developed. Those developments then have implications in other fields and work to push technology towards new horizons. Soon, highly effective voice search technology could be integrated into the way you use any electronic device. If you’d like to learn more about voice search or language understanding integration, please read this article.

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