The Software Society

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personal assistants

How can you be part of “the next big thing”?

The Software Society and this blog claim that the “next big thing” driving technology expansion and economic growth will be a tightening connection between people and computers, largely through advances in language understanding technology (speech or text). The expected proliferation of general and specialized “personal assistants” that make us more efficient is one dimension of […]

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Reducing digital overload

What is the biggest problem most of us face today using our digital devices and services? Too much of a good thing. Email and other messaging systems are wonderful inventions, but we spend too much time going through irrelevant or marginal messages. Web resources are indispensible, but search engines too often return an overwhelming number […]

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Mobile personal assistants – Rapid expansion of options and features revealed at April conference

I was a co-organizer of the Mobile Voice Conference, held April 15-16 in San Francisco. As the conference title suggests, the focus of talks was commercial developments where voice technology such as speech recognition was used with mobile devices. The combination allows more intuitive and constant connection to computers, a major trend analyzed in The […]

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