The voice revolution
Voice search, voice shopping and conversational commerce are just a few of the terms that you've probably heard about in the past year. They represent a change that is going to completely alter the way we interact with electronic equipment. From the very first personal computers up to today's smartphones, you have always needed a keyboard, mouse or touchscreen to operate it. But that is going to change quickly. Voice will increasingly supplant the current user interface.
You can already hear people saying things like "Alexa, order me a pizza pepperoni!" or "OK Google, dim the lights" in many American homes. With Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana, all the major players have now put digital assistants on the market. In the US, 45 million Smart Speakers with integrated digital assistants were sold in three years, and 18 million in the last quarter of 2017. One in six households now have one or more speakers and 43% of millennials said they had made one or more purchases with a digital assistant last year.