Voice Web Sites: New Frontier for Search

March 16, 2009

The Economic Times (India) reported that IBM has developed a technology for voice only Web sites. The story “IBM Develops a Technology That Will Allow Users to Talk to Web” here reported:

“People will talk to the web and the web will respond. The research technology is analogous to the Internet. Unlike personal computers it will work on mobile phones where people can simply create their voice sites,” IBM India Research Laboratory Associate Director Manish Gupta said.

The notion of a spoken Web in interesting. The question I have is, “What technology will one use to search these sites?” I find that as I age, certain frequencies become difficult for me to hear and certain speech patterns become unparseable for me. Has IBM a breakthrough technology to address the challenges of searching voice only Web sites?

Stephen Arnold, March 15, 2009


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