Friday, February 22, 2008

Speech vs. Typing

I don't see this happening--perhaps in 15 years, but not in 5:
In five years, Microsoft expects more Internet searches to be done through speech than through typing on a keyboard, Gates told about 1,200 students and faculty members Thursday at Carnegie Mellon University.
If nothing else, it's going to take a good while for anyone over the age of 17 to get comfortable talking out loud to a computer. My grandmother could barely leave a voice mail message. I still feel weird giving an verbal account number to a bank computer somewhere, and almost always choose to enter the digits by hand.


John Fleck said...

This is one of those things like nuclear fusion and workable artificial intelligence that is always just beyond the technological horizon.

Geodizzle said...

Yes, I have a feeling we will deffinately get to this point in the future, but it will take longer for us to get to the point where we are comfortable talking to a machine. I hate those phone situations where you have to say some kind of password outloud to a machine that is on the other side... it's awkward.