A common question that recently seems to be spreading across all social media platforms is “how did they know that’s exactly what I was looking for?”
Whether or not Instagram and Facebook are listening in to my conversations, the matter of the fact is, technology has gotten to a point where it’s no longer such a far-fetched idea to assume that someone or something, is always listening.
At the tail end of 2016 Mark Zuckerberg released a video showcasing his latest personal assistant, an A.I. for his home, which he has fondly dubbed JARVIS. In the video, Zuckerberg goes on to display all the different things that his system can do for him and his family to make things easier and simpler. You don’t have to be a fan of the Iron Man franchise to truly appreciate the magnificence of this development.
Voice technology has come a long way from where it first started. Watching Zuckerberg talk to his version of JARVIS evokes a longing to have your very own A.I. system servicing you. It is therefore no surprise that companies are coming out with their own versions for consumer purchasing all across the globe. The Google Home and Amazon Alexa are two prime examples of technologies that can be found in the everyday household. There is a certain joy to be derived from hearing the Google Home talk back to you and answer your questions at any given time.
With the rate that things are progressing it’s no surprise that people are becoming more and more obsessed with having things being made available on an audio platform. The consumption of information over podcasts and audio books has only gone up over the past couple of years, and it won’t be surprising if it continues to do so. The convenience of being able to consume media auditorily, whatever you’d like while on the go, is quickly spreading throughout today’s society. Why sit down and read a book when you can get the same information while driving to work or doing your laundry.
While all the different advances that have been made are no doubt amazing, the technology is not without it’s faults. Recently an article was published highlighting people’s reactions when discovering the Google Home was unable to answer the question, “who is Jesus Christ?” Aside from the fact that religion has always been a touchy topic, it comes as no surprise that the Google Home is not actually perfect.
Whether it’s unanswered questions or the potential for eavesdropping, it’s fair to say that the journey to developing the one, true JARVIS won’t be an easy one. However, it’s also not crazy to say, that we aren’t too far away now.