What do supper time phone solicitation and voice activated software have in common
I’ve been a lifetime fan of voice activated computers and robots.
As the owner and occasional user of Dragon Naturally Speaking, Nuance believes I’m fair game for email spam and supper time sales calls to upgrade.
Naturally Speaking is the reigning king of voice activation software, or so I’m told. Nuance, the developer, is driving me nuts with spam sales email and now the pushy, phone sales person right at suppertime – arghh!
It won’t work. I’m not upgrading since the program fails to deliver the promise of voice activated artificial intelligence.
You and I are the best illustrations of voice activation and I’ll acknowledge a fair amount of artificial intelligence.
Getting your computer to respond to word commands is right out of science fiction. Try Robbie the Robot in B film The Forbidden Planet, a 1956 sci-fi film. Robbie could respond to voice commands from Dr. Morbius played by Walter Pidgeon. The idea was so cool that I pestered my mother to get me a Robbie Robot toy. Guess what? Robbie didn’t respond to voice commands. Continue reading