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Silverstein Rides Again

By - March 24, 2004

craigsInterviewed in ZDNet, Craig suggests that voice-activated search is not so far away. Recall that his model was, at one point, Star Trek. Google Labs has a rudimentary application based on this idea here. And, as I noted yesterday, Opera has integrated it already into a version of their browser (using IBM speech technology).

Silverstein said he believes that within a few years Google could have a voice interface for everything from driving directions to help you finding the aisle for a particular food in your local supermarket.

“That’s something you would never think to ask a search engine. You’re not likely to be using your laptop in a supermarket, but in the future I think search will be far more accessible — you won’t be tied to your desktop, you will be able to do it from your mobile phone or PDA — and you’ll start to see search used in fundamentally different ways. The kinds of things people want information about when they are walking around or sitting in a bar is very different to what they want while they’re at home,” he said.

Thanks, Beal


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2 thoughts on “Silverstein Rides Again

  1. pb says:

    Sounds like a job for TellMe (hooking up to Google through respective APIs). Are they still around? Can’t remember how well TellMe inteprets speech, tho.

  2. Peter Caputa says:

    I don’t see a huge market for this for web searching. I imagine a large majority of searches are done from a cubicle in an office. Saying “jobs new england computer programming” outloud wouldn’t fly in the average workspace.