Hands On, Or Voice Activated?


1990: Nintendonitis. 1991: Nintendo Neck. 1991: Nintendo Pants Wetting, or Enuresis. 2004: PlayStation Thumb. 2009: Wiiitis. 2013: WhatsAppit. The list you have just read, are all real life examples of ailments proscribed by actual doctors. Now, though none of the above diagnoses are life-threating, the trend to which these cases are creating is an interesting one. WhatsAppitis is the newest occurrence amongst game-related injuries, and it was diagnosed after a woman spent six hours using the message-sending application called WhatsApp. To quote The Lancet, “The diagnosis for the bilateral wrist pain was WhatsAppitis.”

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Artificial Emotion

What does it mean to relate? This is a question that has puzzled philosophers and scientists for centuries. How do we relate? With whom or what can we relate? And when we relate, are we actually relating? Without getting too deep into such philosophical questions, let us think about a specific relationship: what is the difference between a natural human voice and one generated by a computer, and can we as humans relate to a computer-generated voice at all?

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Look Ma, No Hands

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We are always on the lookout for more efficient and easy ways to accomplish tasks, especially with the increasingly innovative technological advances now made available. Whether it’s signing up for a social media account or creating an iPhone app from scratch, we want the processes of doing these tasks to be as painless as possible.

One development that has greatly contributed to the convenience of doing certain tasks is voice control. The ability to easily command and control remote devices using a voice recognition system can open a world of possibilities in which we could do things more easily and efficiently. With such hands-free control, there is no need for complicated menu buttons, no need for putting off other tasks at hand. Voice control allows us to say very clearly what we want our device to do, often with simple commands. It also provides us the freedom to do other things, to multi-task while controlling our desired devices.

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