A few years ago, speech recognition technology was a punchline in many a sitcom’s jokes. Understandably, the technology was in its infancy prone to errors. Now, reaching new levels of maturity and wide acceptance, Amazon’s Alexa is just one example of this, the technology is now being implemented in novel ways. The need for developing APIs has now evolved from making the technology work to how it can be done conveniently and efficiently.
Moving beyond the technology’s threat to privacy one of the greatest virtues of speech recognition technology is its accessibility. In providing the disabled with a technology that allows interaction and interfacing with other technologies, speech recognition has become a technology at the forefront of providing accessibility and promoting inclusivity. For the workplace, the benefits range from more productive employees to promoting greater diversity amongst the workforce.