“Open Sesame!” Ali Baba shouts in “One Thousand and One Nights.” This magical phrase, which is the password to access the cave of hidden treasures, is akin to the modern-day “Hey Siri” or “OK Google.”
The Internet is evolving from the tip of your fingers to the tip of your tongue. One can simply call out to start a voice search or action. The voice assistant listens and responds right away, whether the command is to play the news or get driving directions.
In fact, voice command has become so common that an estimated 128 million Americans use it regularly, which represents 44.2% of Internet users and 38.5% of the total population (eMarketer, 2020).
How Speech Recognition Technology Works
A smart device listens for a command and answers us, which seems to mimic human-to-human interaction. But the process of it isn’t…