IBM is testing a voice-based web to make information accessible to users who may not be able to read or write, or who do not have access to the Internet.
A "Spoken Web" project, currently being piloted by IBM's India Research Laboratory (IRL), aims to take advantage of the rapid proliferation of mobile phones in emerging countries like India. "The penetration of the PC and the Internet is not as high as that of the mobile phone, so we want to ensure that everything that is done on a web browser on a PC can be done with a mobile phone," said Guruduth Banavar, director of IRL, in a telephone interview on Thursday.
The Spoken Web technology will enable local communities to create and disseminate locally relevant content, and interact with e-commerce sites using the spoken word over the telephone instead of the written word, Banavar said.
um, most people understand others speech without modification. The point is, WE shouldn't change our behaviors so that computer programs can interface with us. The reverse should be the case. In fact, when it is not the case and people must modify behavior in a way that takes more effort than an alternative lower technology, always the lower tech wins in the end. Hence speech rec is still widely unused.
I wouldn't go so far as to say no human ever actually ends up bowing to technology in the end, because there is a huge problem with technology worship in the developed world...