A smartphone’s trick and treat

It’s that time of the year again – trick or treat and scary faces all around. Small monsters are walking home from the daytime party at the kindergarten while bigger monsters are dressing up for their evening Halloween party. I bet there are a few party people who haven’t thought their costumes through and might have a revelation or two while desperately trying to use their mobile tonight. I will set three scenes for you that are likely to happen:

Scene 1:  Partygoer is dressed up as Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street). On the way to the party he realizes he has forgotten the address and decides to ring his mate and ask for directions. BIG problem – Freddy Krueger has long “knives” where normal people have fingers… not so easy to press that number on the mobile now, is it?

Scene 2: Partygoer is dressed up as Wolverine (Xmen). At the party he remembers that he has forgotten the house key so he wants to send a text home to tell them to leave the door open. BIG issue – the Wolverine costume has massive claws instead of fingers – same as above.

Scene 3: Partygoer is dressed as Spiderman. At the party he wants to check up on his girlfriend who is home with the flue. However, the Spiderman costume is covering EVERYTHING, including his fingers. Do I need to say more?

Ok – so what’s the big revelation you might ask. Well, easy – thanks to natural language interaction and speech recognition technology they will all able to solve their issues by talking to their smartphones and get their messages trough. Only one partygoer might be too challenging for the smartphone’s voice recognition technology and that’s the guy dressed as Yoda (Star Wars). Talking object-subject-verb word order will probably prove too much of a trick, yet…

Happy Halloween!

Andy, who lives with his family in the UK, is Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer at Artificial Solutions. A regular speaker at industry conferences and events, Andy delivers insight on the rise of AI, the challenges businesses face and the future of intelligent conversational applications.

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