I saw a great article from the New York Times on the changes coming in technology over the near term. One of the things that were noted was the rising reality of embedded. Embedded can mean a couple of different things. The first is it represents the operating system that is “small” and embedded into either the actual chips or a small device. The other part of embedded is taking functionality from one technology and embedding it in another. Many years ago, Ford and Microsoft created a voice-enabled system for Ford Cars. Now, I won’t say that was a game changer, rather that was more of a new paradigm. Now you can get Siri in your car (Carplay) and Alexa in your car.
The expansion of technologies in your car brings up a very interesting situation. First, voice control doesn’t work that well. It is reasonable, but not her effective. My wife has a Toyota Rav4, and honestly, the voice control in her car is horrible. By horrible I mean we tried to enter an address using the voice control system six times. It failed all 6. We ended up using y wife’s phone to arrive. The difference between the car GPS and my wife’s GPS is about 40 seconds. As in the GPS starts reminding you to turn about 30 seconds before you get to the intersection. (right turn ahead in 200 feet). <y wife, normally says either “turn now” as we are halfway through the intersection or, you should have turned two blocks back.
Cars are not ideal environments for voice control. I also use speakers in my office, where the noise is controlled, and the voice control system works well. The evolution of embedded voice systems in other solutions is interesting. Part over time of the value of a voice-activated the system, in theory, is the reality of Artificial Intelligence. Where the voice-activated device can learn your preferences. Now, if you think about that, the risk there is you lose privacy. It has been noted that Amazon may have people listening to Alexa conversations to learn use patterns. That is sad and invasion of privacy. I suspect the same is true for Siri and Alexa, Bixby, Cortana and Google Home as well. Listening to better help you also take a little bit of your privacy with it.
Embedded voice systems can be a risk.
have you ever tried voice control in a car to enter an address?