Or, do you find it frustrating typing info into your cell phone, or punching with your stylist, or wearing your fingers to the bone searching the Internet?
Those text maniacs are now able to voice enter their message and have it appear on their screen so they can correct it before they send it. Which means they will now annoy you by forcing you to listen to such mundane entries like, “Where are you?” and “I’m at home.” And, of course, you’ll be hearing other people searching the web, asking directions, researching where to go to dinner, and publicly displaying much other information that now remains, gratefully, in the private realm. And, you better get used to it because private is going public in the voice search age. All because it’s easier to speak than type, and easer to talk than write. The quality of the thoughts we’ll be hearing will be subject to how much thinking people actually do before they speak. Which, when you think about it, is always the case.
One blogger, Jan Chipchase, points out that voice search and recognition is going to be a boon to illiterates who will use it everywhere. He says, “You might think that mainstream voice search will be restricted to places where you have a degree of privacy, like say a car or home—but there are a number of reasons why that's not going to be the case: the first is that to some of the world's 800+million illiterate people, voice is the enabler—it opens up a new window to the world…”
He goes on to say that it will be a new way for people to expose themselves to others and I think he’s absolutely right. The world will become one big reality TV show with everyone spouting out their private lives as they search, socialize, and project all by voice. People will boast about their plans, flatter, criticize, chastise, and make verbal mistakes right in front of people that they would never do otherwise.
We already have books on tape so you can listen instead of read, one can only imagine what it will be like when you can just talk instead of write. It will make the office environment quite different. Will we all wear earplugs? And I can’t help but wonder, are there people who can’t read and write who are latent geniuses? Will they surface as people who can think but have never been able to get their thoughts down on paper or screen? Will text-messaging fiends drive each other crazy with their chatter? It’s all part of the new, improved louder world we’re entering now—with ears wide open.
That’s it, from the edge of the world,
For a little diversion, check out what the BBC is doing with voice and instrument sound. To visit their website, just click here.