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Now we’re talking

Voice technology is making computers less daunting and more accessible 语音技术轻而易“语”

有了语音技术,电脑不再令人敬而远之,反而更加平易近人

Any sufficiently advanced technology, noted Arthur C Clarke, a British science-fiction writer, is indistinguishable from magic. The fast-emerging technology of voice computing proves his point. Using it is just like casting a spell: say a few words into the air, and a nearby device can grant your wish.

英国科幻小说作家亚瑟·克拉克(Arthur C. Clarke)曾经指出,任何科技只要先进到足够的程度,就和魔法没有区别。迅速兴起的语音电脑证明了他的观点。它用起来就像是变魔法:对着空气说句话,附近的智能设备就会帮你如愿以偿。

The Amazon Echo, a voice-driven cylindrical computer that sits on a table top and answers to the name Alexa, can call up music tracks and radio stations, tell joke, answer trivia questions and control smart appliances; even before Christmas it was already resident in about 4% of American households. Voice assistants are proliferating in smart phones, too: Apple's Siri handles over 2bn commands a week, and 20% of Google searches on Android- powered handsets in America are input by voice. Dictating e-mails

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