Siri and Beyond; Take a Look at the Future of Voice Recognition Technology for Smartphones and Tablets

March 13, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When Apple embraced Siri, the fate of intelligent voice assisting technology was clear. It is going to stay and it is going to improve. We can see it with the increasing popularity Siri is getting in the short span of time it has been in the market.

Though similar voice assistance apps existed earlier, now everybody feels that it is high time the intelligent voice assisting should come out and improve. Finding Siri a threat, even Google is running a secret project to develop a Siri killer voice assistant feature.

What will be happening to these features in the upcoming days? There is no doubt that they will improve, but in which way? Just by offering support to more languages or some other way?

Experts suggest that intelligent voice assistance technology has better areas in which to improve than just extending support to more languages in the near future.

Siri is the most highly developed one now. It does not restrict you to use a strict list of voice commands with which to respond like other similar apps.

However, despite being hyped as an intelligent, and almost human-like talking voice assistant, it is still not very intelligent. It still gets confused with certain questions and comes up with foolish results and performs well if given direct and clear tasks.

In the future, such voice assisting features are expected to be better learners of the user activity and preferences and have the ability to process more complex queries and follow up questions.

Currently, neither Siri nor similar apps like Dragon Go do not have any short-term memory to remember what you just said and to process other queries based on that.

The upcoming improvements will see voice assistants with long- and short-term memory so the queries are better handled and answered. Something like streamlining the search results on a based on the preferences of the user.

Moreover, they will be able to handle more casual spoken commands and be more conversational. We hope, it will be more like talking to a companion than to just a machine, in the future.

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