When we sit back and ponder upon the gadgets and apps that we use every single day in our lives, it’s quite difficult to imagine that there was ever a time when we lived without them. Right from food delivery apps like Doordash and online streaming services like Netflix, there are innumerable technological advancements that have become so pervasive that we rarely give them a second thought.
However, the reality is the gadgets and apps that are pivotal to our lives didn’t even exist 10 years ago. Consider an app like Uber – It has transformed how we go from one place to another. Another app that has contributed in easing the process of sending and requesting money is Venmo. These are just examples of how the last decade has seen multiple technological advancements that have become prevalent while still influencing how we live.
While it would be considerably difficult to narrow down and pinpoint a single technological breakthrough in the last decade, I believe digital voice assistants namely Alexa and Siri are one of the greatest breakthroughs. The way they have evolved over time and made day to day tasks easier, their presence in our daily lives has become indispensable. A simple “Hey Alexa” or “Hey Siri” is all that’s required to get your daily tasks going. The biggest advantage of voice assistants is ease of access provided, along with inclusivity, thereby boosting autonomy for people with disabilities as well as the elderly.
Yet another advantage of digital voice assistants is the convenience offered. They facilitate access to a myriad of knowledge at the users’ disposal, and also automate several banal and tedious tasks with just a sentence or two. Moreover, digital voice assistants have the ability to dispense a colloquial experience – The most important tool for effective communication and building an emotional connect with the users.
While digital voice assistants have truly revolutionized the way we perform day to day tasks with ease, they also raise concerns regarding security and information surveillance. The essence is this: People using smart devices must be prepared to live with whatever or whoever is on the other side.