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Q: Do you think voice-recognition services like Apple's Siri will really change the way we interact with computers now, or is this still just science fiction?

  • 24%
    Science fiction: voice is useful, but it's still easier to use mouse and touchpad input

  • 54%
    It will, but not just yet. Voice recognition is the future, but it needs to improve

  • 10%
    Near-science fact: I'm already using voice recognition software frequently

  • 11%
    Not sure. 'Computer: What do I think?'


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PC Advisor

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Do you think voice-recognition services like Apple's Siri will really change the way we interact with computers now, or is this still just science fiction?

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Armchair

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I don't want to use VR technology. Hopefully, I'll never have to.

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interzone55

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I used an early copy of IBM Via Voice around the turn of the Millennium, it was less than successful and recognising my Mancunian accent so it went in the bin, along with the copy of Lotus Smartsuite Millennium edition that was bundled with my Time PC.

My partner's Kia has voice control for the bluetooth, if you speak slowly & clearly you get connected to the right person about 75% of the time.

The noisy office environment really isn't conducive to accurate voice recognition, but it's getting better with dual microphone setups that use the second microphone to sample the background noise then filter it out (the same system is used in Bentleys now to remove any road noise that manages to get through the triple glazing), but I would imagine office noise levels will just get higher if everyone is talking to their PCs (instead of swearing at their PCs)...

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wee eddie

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Mixed Control Methods.

Keyboard, Mouse, Touch-pad, Finger Gestures, Voice Activation, Facial Movement, all have advantages and disadvantages on their own. For example: The Keyboard is great for accurate Text entering but who wants to use the Directional Buttons when they have a Mouse.

To my way of thinking, Multi-medium Control, is the way to the future.

For Work, a combination of Keyboard, Mouse and Voice, would be my choice.

For Play on a Tablet, Voice and Fingers would seem to be the way to go.

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BRYNIT

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I tried it once many years ago but couldn't get it to work.

Has it improved over the years and will it work? Due to the incorrect pronunciation of words not being corrected in schools today I cannot see it working for everyone. Unless, it can interpret the word from the sentence or understand the different accents.

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Chegs ®™

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I've used several versions of VR software,early versions in MS Office I had to "inherit" an american accent to get it to type gibberish.I've used Dragon software which did work reasonably well in a quiet area,I've tried the voice recognition in my phone & despite screaming as loudly as I could,I couldnt get it to work at all.It insisted I was silent.I tried a program that could convert speech to text,AND control the PC.It only worked on some browsers(unfortunately not the ones I used most often)& cars passing were recognised as a command to turn something off(microphone/PC/close the program I was using etc)The various versions all required considerable time spent "training" the software to recognise my voice,but the cumbrian dialect obviously isnt suited to VR software as despite hours spent training the software,success was rare.

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Forum Editor

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Let's make a pact.

I'll meet you all here in ten years time, and we'll see how many of us are using voice recognition technology to do our day to day computing.

On second thoughts, let's not wait with bated breath - the answer will be 'Very few of us'.

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OTT_B

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I've had some mixed results with VR on my Sensation;

I used it to find somewhere on the Navi on Saturday, and it picked up exactly where I wanted to be (the Xscape in Milton Keynes). Very very impressed.

Used it today for a Google search for the name of a company and......epic fail.

It seems to work best on slightly phonetic pronunciation, but speaking quite quickly.

I'm mixed on it. Will keep on trying.

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daz60

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If this is the same as predictive text on phones,,,,then it is no wonder i do not have friends.!!!!

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bremner

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I used Siri the other day to text my wife - I said "will ride Saby at 4 o clock"

Siri typed "died sadly at 4 o clock" it was not sent.

VR has a long way to go!

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bjh

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I use Dragon for much of my work, two different jobs with different requirements. Job 1: Medico-scientific reporting... Works wonders, allows very fast transcription of results of experiments & tests, accuracy as near 100%, far better than my passable typing, and leaves hands free for the paperwork (forms still arrive in ye olde style). Job 2: science writing... even better, allows me to use a bluetooth headset and simply talk freely. I can even work while doing menial tasks, or gardening. I used to use Viavoice (and Voice Express - which has never been bettered for browsing the internet by voice... amazing experience), but their recognition is poor compared to current-day Dragon (and, in the case of Voice Express, modern browsers aren't supported).

My phone, my bedside radio, each do as I tell them.

Now, if only they made a voice-recognition command system for my wife, I'd be all set.

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SimpleSimon1

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wiz-king

Might be ok in a quiet area but not in a busy office

Interestingly enough, I was recently at a very early demo of a voice-controlled engineering diagnostics package for ships turbines. The package is designed to be used by fitters/mech engineers whilst they're working on the turbines, with an ambient noise level far in excess of what you'd find in an office or on a London street.

Much to everyone's surprise, it was achieving a recognition level of around 75%. It certainly wasn't perfect and used a defined set of input commands and control phrases so I'll leave it for someone else to decide whether it was proper voice recognition. It also used some very fancy (i.e. expensive) highly-directional audio equipment to filter out the background noise. Nevertheless, it would appear that the technology is moving forward at a significant rate and let's face it, thanks to Android and IoS, people are getting more used to simple voice control of peripherals. Mind you, I still think it will be quite a while before you can say to your phone "find the phone number of the hot guy/gal in the office and give them a ring" :-)

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Matt Egan

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I once demonstrated voice-recognition on Working Lunch. On live TV. I still wake up screaming. The simple sentences I got Declan Curry to say kept coming out as gibberish and - worse - swear words. ON THE BBC. The only part of this experience that doesn't fill me with horror is the fact that I coined the phrase 'never work with children, animals and voice-recognition software'. Siri seems to be a massive improvement on previous VR technology, but it needs to be. Voice is only better than touch if it works perfectly, every time, and you don't feel silly shouting at a computer...

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Covergirl

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On second thoughts, voice recognition is gaining more acceptance with these ridiculous handsfree headsets/earpieces taxi drivers and reps appear to be using these days, so perhaps we're not too far off . . . ????

(Sorry, had to drop that one in)

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wiz-king

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I have had voice reconition on my computer for several years, it took a lot of trying microphones to find one that worked properly and even now it sometimes picks up noises off. Might be ok in a quiet area but not in a busy office.

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spuds

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Perhaps off subject, but I recall many years ago, when I was visiting the local PC World store, that a representative from Dragon was doing a special promotion. His pitch was that voice recognition, like Dragon, was positively going to be the way forward!.

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Covergirl

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Glad I got a screencap of that before it went back to 2 votes . . . ?????

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Covergirl

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Depends on how well its marketed.

Tablet PCs didn't do so well a few years ago, but look what happened when Apple tried it with the iPad - obviously the iPhone paved the way for it.

Nothing much happened with Microsofts attempts in various Office versions - I did try it but the novelty wore off.

I'll vote "Not Sure". Funny, the only 2 votes cast are for Not Sure and they make up 50% of the votes . . . ????

Now I have voted, there are a total of 3 votes in all categories which make up 67% . . . . ????

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