Talking to Our Technology

Siri, Cortana, and OK Google: The newest cast of next generation assistants.

Each of the above are digital technologies designed to allow us humans to interact with our devices by speaking to them.

talking head

On first blush, this may seem like a strange way to get things done since we’ve been keyboard bound to our technology since the days of the typewriter (it’s like a computer with no screen, no need to have power and prints directly on paper…Google it if you’re younger than 40).

I’m finding, however, that talking to my technology is an efficient way to get data in and out at a moment’s notice.

It’s not perfect yet, but amazingly accurate.

My current talking tool is OK Google since I’m Android based for now. I’ve used Siri and Cortana with similar results.

Spend a half hour or so researching what your tools can do and give it a try. You may find that you’re much more efficient in just a short time.

Here are a few links to get you started:

Siri: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204389
Cortana: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/getstarted-what-is-cortana
OK Google: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2940021?hl=en

If you’re feeling really frisky, just launch your assistant and ask it for help.