November 29, 2016
The history of technology is the history of human interaction with machines.
Millions of years ago, we started with sound (voice) and soon came the word (text).
90% of all human communication still happens through voice.
The keyboard trumped the punch card. The mouse coexisted with the keyboard. The touchscreen made the mechanical keyboard redundant. However, 90% of human communication still happens through voice because it is natural. Unfortunately, the progress in technology took the time to catch up with it.
There were several attempts at building perfect voice machines. In the 1960s, IBM unveiled an early voice recognition system called Shoebox. The machine could do simple math in response to voice commands, recognizing just 16 words.