In the near future, when you talk to yourself, someone – something – might be listening. Voice assistance is developing into the next big thing in tech, pushed by the development of hardware and software that make voice control natural.
The fact that voice control is natural is the biggest factor behind the development of voice assistance. We all vocalize, almost literally from the moment we're born. When digital devices and assistants can react to our voice commands, there's no need for us to learn complicated interfaces to control them.
Voice also eliminates the need for space for an interface. Sure, keyboard shelves let us make room on our desktop. But smaller devices, like smart watches and other wearable tech, don't have lots of room for a physical interface to control them. Making them controllable by voice eliminates the need for learning gestures or clicking through layers of menus to find the detail you want.
People are also getting used to controlling devices with voice. While Siri, Cortana and Alexa aren't perfect and their funny responses lead to internet memes, this means it no longer seems strange to talk to a computer.
Talking to a computer is even becoming part of gaining secure access, as voice biometrics are being adopted as a security measure. And talking to a voice assistant doesn't have to mean giving up all your privacy, with new in-ear assistants where only the user can hear their responses.
New methods in analytics and improvements in speech recognition mean audio files become data, so companies can work with recorded conversations and use the unstructured data the same way they'd analyze a file of the clicks you made on their website.
Taken together, these trends mean there's going to be lots of opportunity for companies and workers with technical skills to create new voice-based products. The Armada Group has been helping companies find world-class talent for more than 20 years. By staying on top of technology trends and understanding the industry, we're able to match job seekers with opportunities and help both companies and candidates build their futures.