They’re quickly becoming a mainstay in our homes thanks to their easy-to-use technology. Through simple voice commands, we can ask them to play music, read the news, control our electronic devices, check our bank balance and carry out other tasks.
Voice assistants have become so popular since their emergence in 2014 that many of us now consider them part of the family. They use artificial intelligence (AI) to make our day-to-day easier and go a long way towards improving the lives of persons with disabilities.
What is a voice assistant?
It's software that carries out everyday tasks via voice command. It’s brings AI and machine learning together to recognize our voice and do what we ask it.
Voice assistant software can be found on smart speakers, smartwatches, mobile phones, tablets and other devices. The most well-known are Alexa (Amazon), Siri (Apple), Google Assistant (Google) and Bixby (Samsung), which are taking over our homes thanks to their compatibility with washing machines, light bulbs, ovens, air conditioning units, etc.
Having these assistants at home can be a great help to:
Though they make our lives easier, voice assistants do have a few downsides: