There have been attempts to mimic human language and comprehension in computers without much headway. Yet today that has been flipped on its head thanks to Google’s amazing conversational voice search. The service has been activated on Chrome 27 and is a marvel to behold.
Google has added the conversational voice search feature in version 27 of the Chrome browser. Google has already revealed during Google I/O 2013 to add this spoken response function into Chrome. Human language is so complex and intricate in its subtleties that the odds of mastering it are near to impossible for a machine. Even with devices of the magnitude of the Cray Series of Supercomputers, machines cannot reach the level of semantic depth necessary for understanding human speech and then replying accordingly. It seems that language has too many metaphors and figures of speech to be understood with relative ease. Especially the English language is fairly difficult to comprehend far less conquer.
However, according to SearchEngineLand(via Engadget), with Google extending its net to cover both speech comprehension services along with prompt rejoinders in toe, the future has taken one giant leap towards the present. Actually the problem up until now had been comprehension or semantics. The science of meaning had eluded the technocrats and technological elite. There was a feedback loop present in the human psyche which allowed for the presence of context and the meaningfulness of speech. While the written word was liable to interpretation and reinterpretation, speech was an altogether different thing. It required literally catching the meaning while it was thrown at you in the air. No delays or misunderstandings were affordable.
Google’s adventure began last year with its Knowledge Graph Technology which was spliced with natural language acquisition. The result was the microphone sign alongside the search engine text slot which allows you to speak your query and get a suitable answer. Ask it any question of your preference. Say you ask the age of the current President of the United States of America. You will get a straightforward answer (51 years).
But, and here is the crux of the matter, if you ask for any further information regarding the President (his height, weight, spouse or number of children) instead of wandering off into unknown territory or slipping, the answers would come quick and with apt correctness. You wouldn’t even have to keep saying Barack Obama every time. The computer’s voice recognition module will understand and its semantic memory bank will ensure that your query thread is kept track of.
The meaningful dialogue will remain intact and a series of rational responses to inquisitive sentences will be made. This feature is the latest addition to Google Chrome. It consists of two small microphone symbols, one in front of the search engine text panel and the other one on top of the page. You can use the facility anywhere anytime you so desire. It is a blessing and a miracle of super-technology. Two thumbs up for Google!