First Facial Recognitioin, Now Voice Recognition, What Could Be Next?

by Ronny W
Technology continues to advance in a rapid rate. It was just last year that facial recognition was brought up to be an issue. This article started out talking about Dragon TV which is introduced by the company called Nuance. It uses voice recognition to navigate the usage of this smart TV. Nuance was the company behind the Siri. Nuance’s plan for the future is to have more and more smart devices where human interact with by voice. Devices they plan to implement voice-command in ranges from smart devices to appliances. This voice recognition technology needs a large database of recorded voice behind it. It is stated that it is use to help to improve accuracy of the recognition. Nuance have acquire many a lot of company with the same goals to gain revenue and to help improve their technology. Nuance have also created an app on iPhone called Dragon Go that is kind of like Siri which is to help iPhone users to do some tasks like reservations, buy movie tickets, buy stuff on amazon, and etc. But with the advancement of voice recognition technology, some people think that it will change the way people interact with computer and smart devices in the future. It might be harmful for Google and Microsoft’s search engine. Nuance have voice recognition program in the airline industry called “Wally.” It is aimed to help with frequently asked questions to reduce the amount of people and time it takes to answer phone calls. Vlingo, a company with virtual-assistant apps for smart phones have merged with Nuance last year. “Nuance and Vlingo share a vision of a world populated by cloud-based, voice-enabled virtual assistants that move seamlessly from one device to another. “(Singer, 2012)
In class, we discussed a lot of security of cloud service and databases. Databases should avoid data redundency. With facial and voice recognition, they will need a large database to store all these information to better match these faces and voices the next time they use this technology. I don’t really know how they recognize these faces and voices, but there will be a huge amount of same or maybe similar data stored to improve accuracy of these technology. It is scary to think about how much storage space they will need to store all these information and where it is stored. I wonder if these technologies are safely guarded, so that it does not end up on the wrong hands.
I read facial recognition a while back before coming to this class. It is scary to think about all the things that this technology brings. It can be good and it can be bad. Starting from the bad, it can be used for people to stalk others. People’s privacy decrease, because service with facial recognition have a profile of people faces in their database. Who knows what they will do with these information in the future. While I was searching for interesting articles to do my blog on, I stumble on an article that talked about how NYPD used facial recognition technology to catch burgerlars. I mean this technology by itself is neither good or bad, but it depends on how it is used. On the other hand, voice recognition will probably be the same. It really depends on who handles these information and how it is being use in the future.
Singer, N. (2012, March 31). The human voice, as game changer. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/technology/nuance-communications-wants-a-world-of-voice-recognition.html?_r=1&pagewanted=1&sq=facial recognition&st=cse&scp=1

3 thoughts on “First Facial Recognitioin, Now Voice Recognition, What Could Be Next?”

  1. Interesting article, it’s incredible to see how biometric recognition is coming along. If Google and Microsoft could come up with a way to work with voice recognition software then they would essentially be in the clear and not have to worry about it being harmful. As for interacting with computers and other devices in the future, I can see this happening for sure. Only a matter of time before someone comes out with the next working with technology idea, like reading our thoughts to operate computers.

  2. I would believe that if facial and voice recognition were improved more there can be potential with that technology. It can be true that newer voice recognition software can harm Google or Microsoft, however if Google or Microsoft understand the newer software and can develop something that can expand or use the voice recognition than they would be better off. I feel that businesses like Google and Microsoft have to understand that newer technology will come out and they need to be ahead in developing such software.

  3. I agree that facial and voice recognition would take up a lot of storage space. I know voice recognition software has been improving over the years, but from what I have read and observed, the human voice is quite complex. There’s a lot of subtle tones and nuances that interfere with interpretation of speech. For example, when my brother checks our Mom’s voice messages, he sometimes receives a written translation along with the message. The speech recognition software turns the message into a garbled mess of words. I’d say it will be awhile before voice recognition is accurate enough to be used in place of typing words. I don’t think people will appreciate having to repeat their query until it is correct.

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