From autonomous cars to synthetic DNA, it seems like there’s always new technology brewing that will alter how we interact with our world. For today’s coffee break, let’s take a quick look at Digital Assistants. Also known as Virtual Assistants, these are the little speakers sitting on people’s kitchen counters that can understand natural language and complete electronic tasks for the end user. Apple’s Siri, Google Now, Amazon’s Alexa, and Microsoft’s Cortana are some of the big hitters in the space currently. Common uses include playing music, checking the weather, or reordering your Tide Original Scent liquid detergent.
However, these tech giants are looking to seriously expand their reach to outside the home and into your car and office. Alexa for Business proposes an environment of both shared and personal devices that allow people to find open conference rooms and speed the videoconferencing process, report a building equipment problem or request supplies, as well as have what is essentially their own personal secretary to check calendars, help schedule meetings, and manage to-do lists.
Excited? Scared? Read on. In an article posted by FastCompany, they discuss the trends in 2018 that may define the digital assistant evolution. It’s a 4-minute read, so you still have time before your break ends.
Do you think this technology will become essential to the workplace in the future? How quickly do you think it will catch on, if that all?