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How voice computing will transform the way we live, work and think

Will the Siri model for voice computing replace search engines in the near future? Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, a new book by James Vlahos is excerpted in Wired – Amazon Alexa and the search for the one perfect answer

“…the rise of voice computing platforms such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the world’s biggest tech companies are suddenly, precipitously moving in Tunstall-­Pedoe’s direction. Voice-­enabled smart speakers have become some of the industry’s best-selling products; in 2018 alone, according to a report by NPR and Edison Research, their prevalence in American households grew by 78 percent. According to one market survey, people ask their smart speakers to answer questions more often than they do anything else with them. Tunstall-­Pedoe’s vision of computers responding to our queries in a single pass—providing one-shot answers, as they are known in the search community—has gone mainstream. The internet and the multibillion-­dollar business ecosystems it supports are changing irrevocably. So, too, is the creation, distribution, and control of information—the very nature of how we know what we know…”

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