Friday, November 14, 2008

Talk to your Cloud: Google launches Speech Driven Search App for iPhone


This is awesome. I have long been waiting for something like this. I just want to talk to the cloud. This is an ideation-application. Now we need that artificial cloudapp that has artificial hippocampus embedded on the tip of your skull so we can also get your thoughts or atleast what you hear back into the text.

However amateurish it may seem in the beginning, it will soon overwhelm us all.

More crunching coming up!

Users of the free application, which Apple is expected to make available as soon as Friday through its iTunes store, can place the phone to their ear and ask virtually any question, like “Where’s the nearest Starbucks?” or “How tall is Mount Everest?” The sound is converted to a digital file and sent to Google’s servers, which try to determine the words spoken and pass them along to the Google search engine.

The search results, which may be displayed in just seconds on a fast wireless network, will at times include local information, taking advantage of iPhone features that let it determine its location.

The ability to recognize just about any phrase from any person has long been the supreme goal of artificial intelligence researchers looking for ways to make man-machine interactions more natural. Systems that can do this have recently started making their way into commercial products.


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