Over time, technology has become our undisputed ally and for more than one reason. And it is no longer even necessary that we have it integrated into our body like Neil Harbisson himself , who is the first person in the world recognized as a cyborg by having an antenna implanted in his head.
Thus, and although the citizen on the street does not yet have bionic parts in his body like Harbisson himself, it is true that the smartphone has become the extension of our forearm , and in some way almost one of our best friends. ..
However, the big ones like Amazon and Google do not want to be left behind and in their attempt to continue designing the most powerful and disruptive technologies that one can imagine, they have decided to make our lives more sophisticated with these two voice assistants . The objective of these tools or technologies is to go a little further than the well-known Internet of things , and above all the smartphone , our inseparable friend.
These voice assistants, mentioned in the previous link, and which are “Home” by Google and “Echo” by Amazon, have something in common, and this is their varied functionalities, which make houses not only something technologically smart , but a more habitable and welcoming place .
When we say that the Smart Home goes beyond the Internet of things, what we are saying is that while in the IoT a universal connection between physical and virtual objects is granted, in the Smart Home, where voice assistants would fully enter this level of centralization of the functions , and of the interfaces between the human and the technology go to a deeper level.
What started with Siri has only been refined into a battle to become the best voice assistant on the market. War that Amazon and Google face, as we have said, after having surpassed Siri itself years ago and Microsoft’s artificial intelligence, Cortana.
Voice assistant as best friend
If voice assistants want to achieve something, it is to be able to maintain conversations of up to 20 minutes . In other words, it goes from being almost a voice assistant to a tool that offers company in the way it is shown in fictional films like Her or Robot & Frank.
In the first film, Her , the protagonist falls in love with an artificial intelligence and all that goes with it. The moral or ethical nuance appears and reappears throughout the film, in which we are invited to rethink what it really means to feel alone, how we can face loneliness, and the way in which it could be reduced and even remove through a computer program, disembodied voice. In the second case, Frank, who is an elderly man, ends up establishing an unthinkable friendship with a robot to whom he confesses his most devilish secrets, after having radically rejected him at first.
Both examples place us in the position that technology could on this occasion put an end to an endemic evil such as loneliness , or place us on the threshold to find a way out of one of the problems of Homo sapiens since its origins. We talk about the fear of loneliness. Whether or not this is one of the possible solutions, the truth is that Google and Amazon are working hard on it.