The Future of Voice Search

The Internet has become an increasingly accessible source of information as more and more mobile devices have been designed with online features. Smartphones are becoming more commonplace and are challenging developers to create new ways in which we can interact with the Internet from a mobile device. Once such advancement is voice search, a technological evolution of common voice recognition programs. While most users have experienced voice recognition in one way or another, few users have fully interacted with voice search technology. The idea is simple: provide a way for mobile users to search the Internet without using microscopic keyboards or scrolling through massive amounts of text.

 

What is voice search?

   

The Internet is dependent on the ability to search the seemingly infinite amount of information available online.  As more and more mobile devices are able to access the Internet fully, it’s become increasingly important that they are quickly able to search online content. Voice search streams speech digitally through the Internet to a remote database running computationally demanding voice-recognition algorithms that return corresponding text to a user’s search box. In basic terms, voice search uses the Internet to turn your voice into text so you can search the Internet.

This is all made possible by the recent advancement of cloud computing. Voice search uses the Internet to decipher your voice, where voice recognition traditionally used a device. The introduction of the cloud to this technology allows for unbelievable performance by way of accuracy and speed. The cloud is the main application that makes voice search far more advanced than voice recognition.

    Voice recognition has been a familiar technology to anyone who has ever called a costumer care line. Voice search takes the idea of voice recognition and combines it with cloud computing with the end result of a highly functional voice-based command option.

What is the future of voice search?

    We will most likely see an increase in the applications developed for voice search, as well as further evolutions of voice search technology itself. Integrating voice search with device control is also expected to be on the horizon.
 
    The most exciting evolution to come from voice search could be language-understanding technology. Currently, search engines operate by matching a query term with an index of words located in documented text. Language understanding, on the other hand, would search with more abstract fields. For example, a current search engine might produce documents containing the words “power control” if those words were searched, whereas a language understanding search would result in programs that could control the power of your device. This means you can put your computer to sleep simply by speaking.

    Voice search is a prime example of technological evolution being determined by trends in culture. As Internet access has become mobile, new ways of interacting with the Internet have been developed and those same developments will soon be implemented in multiple kinds of devices. Highly effective voice recognition and command technology is just around the corner, whether you use your device to search the Internet or not. If you’d like to find out more about voice search and its technological evolution, please read this article.