December 16, 2016
Almost 50 years ago, Stanley Kubrick showed us a vision of a unified voice controlled environment in his movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The reality took a while to arrive, and at first provided a less than convincing practical experience, as anyone who has ever tried booking cinema tickets or getting through a customer response system by phone will attest.
The reality is that the ability to for a machine to understand natural speech in real time takes a lot of computing power, and the first practical propositions used the cloud to deliver the necessary processing. Apple’s Siri led the way, and others are now following.