Google Assistant and Alexa killed it in 2018. Our household went from zero to 6 voice assistants in no time and it seems like almost every household is going to have at least one of these very soon. If you don’t have one yet, get one – it’ll add a nice dimension to your digital life. They are quickly getting smarter and more integrated with everything around us, positioning voice assistants at the center of our future digital world.
Previously, almost every single human computer interface was a physical one. We currently rely so heavily on keyboards, mice, and touch screens to interact with a computing device. Through voice assistants, the human computer interface evolves into a non-physical one.
They’ve been around for awhile now, so why do I think they’re finally ready for prime time? Three main reasons:
Let’s face it, Siri has always sucked and will have tough time shaking that perception, but Google Home and Alexa are actually pretty solid. We are still in the early stages of voice assistants and it’s going to be fun and scary at how smart they’re going to get in the near future.
From an accessibility standpoint, it will be fairly common for people to not only have at least a few voice assistants in their house, but also different types.
I already threw in the towel on sticking to just one ecosystem because I’m a seeker of the best products, and the best products could have Google Assistant or Alexa integration. For example Nest uses Google Assistant and Sonos uses Alexa, making it very difficult for a nerd like me.
Alexa already had over 70,000 skills and can work with a vast array of products across many different categories. Google Commands are catching up but have the luxury of tapping into Google’s infinite supply of information and content. In some ways, they’re the portal into the wild world of artificial intelligence.
The one thing that is fascinating about voice assistants is that they are also viral, but weren’t exactly designed to be. You often hear about other people sharing their experiences with it or telling stories about someone using it. Once you hook it up to a few things at home and ask it some silly things, the experience compels you to share it with someone else.
It’s cool, fun, fresh, and useful. Now please excuse me while I go ask Alexa to tell me what the weather will be like tomorrow and play some EDM classics.