Are Voice Control and Home Automation Making Us Lazy?
Without having to move from the couch, we can turn on lights, TVs and see who is at the door.
CES 2017 is here and so too is the voice input revolution. Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri started the trend, and now vendors are adding voice control to every product used in people’s daily lives. By pairing voice tech with the flood of remotely controlled home products, the industry now has a virtual utopia of home automation previously only seen in the movies.
Consumers can easily add technology to their homes that allow them to turn on/off the lights, boost the speed of a ceiling fan and raise the thermostat without looking up from the book their reading or show they’re watching. Homeowners can even make sure the garage doors are closed.
“Is the convergence of electronically accessible lights ... along with voice-activated technology causing humans to be lazy? Will people turn into Wall-E-like sloths floating around without a care in the word?”
— Jason Meserve, Senior Principal, Content Marketing, CA Technologies
Tech-Savvy or Sloth-like?
Is the convergence of electronically accessible lights, doorbells and home appliance along with voice-activated technology causing humans to be lazy? Will people turn into Wall-E-like sloths floating around without a care in the word?
The yes, it’s lazy argument: How hard is it to get off the couch to turn up the thermostat or turn a light on? Given the recommendation of getting 10,000 steps per day, every little bit counts.
The no, it’s not lazy argument: A study shows it can take 25 minutes for people to get back into focus after a distraction. So easily turning on a light with voice activation while working could keep people more productive.
Save Time, Don’t Spare Security
One area in which consumers should not be lazy: Ensuring their various home automation systems remain secure. More network accessible devices mean more targets for hackers that could use these powerful systems to launch denial-of-service attacks or invade a person’s privacy.
What does this mean for enterprise users? As consumers become more accustomed to voice control and automation at home, they’re going to want it at work. Amazon recently introduced Lex, an enterprise version of Alexa that works with its AWS platform. The goal is to be able to interact with systems using natural language, including the ability to ask follow-up questions.
Is 2017 going to be the year voice replaces keyboards on the desktop? Probably not, but it could be the start of the voice-activated tipping point.