Are you still writing now


How speech recognition technologies in combination with text and context understanding systems make our daily lives easier and easier.

In evolutionary theory, we consider language to be a milestone in human development. I assume that another milestone will be reached in the future through cloud-based systems - namely in the interaction between people and all of the knowledge on the Internet.


The limits of multitasking are reached faster than you think

We like to pretend to be capable of multitasking. We can talk on the phone, watch football and turn the steak on the grill at the same time. We are also able to manage several projects at the same time on the job. But in spite of well-developed automatisms, some things only work with difficulty together. I recently got proof of this from a friend I had a date with. Shortly beforehand, he sent me the following message: “Now go to the rear window market, I mean Brscheid, we are now in S5.” Walking and writing, both everyday things - and yet they don't really work together. Usually we can only carry out one of the two activities without errors or accidents. What, however, is not a problem: walking and talking. If the smartphone is listening, the text is dictated quickly and the message is sent without errors or accidents.


Siri, Alexa, Cortana & Co.

But that is by no means the only reason why the big players Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Co. are increasingly investing in speech recognition technologies and assistants. Operation via voice is of great importance to mankind. Just think of the 780 million illiterate people and almost 40 million blind people worldwide. Thanks to the latest technologies, you have easy and barrier-free access to the almost infinite knowledge of the world. The ability to understand language also creates a multitude of completely new possibilities in the household in combination with software-controlled devices. People with disabilities or those in need of care can operate devices and carry out activities independently again. Voice control becomes a digital assistant in everyday life - an invisible butler.

How invisible butlers will make our everyday lives easier

But is there actually a reason why more and more such invisible butlers assist us in everyday life and simplify our lives? Yes, several at once.

Our everyday life is becoming more and more networked - from cars to smartphones to homes. Everything is permanently connected to the internet. The invisible butler is able to learn a lot extremely quickly through use and the respective user - this makes him better every day.

The invisible butler also has access to general information (e.g. weather) as well as very personal, digitally accessible information from users (e.g. calendar entries). Simple sentences are enough for him to fulfill many individual wishes in the house. Only a system based on artificial intelligence is able to adapt a house to the individual needs of the residents.