With Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot speaker systems amongst the most popular gifts under the Christmas tree last month, speech recognition and voice control has taken a big step closer to becoming mainstream. What would have appeared cutting edge technology only a few short years ago is now available to households everywhere, at consumer prices. We can now control our homes using our voices. Feeling a bit cold? Ask Alexa to turn up the heating. Shuffle your music, set an alarm, order groceries or consult the internet. We can do all of this and more with our voices and now it seems that our voices can also help in diagnosing our symptoms and reveal if we have an illness.
Last week’s Admiral launch of a social media insurance project raised a number of interesting points. It does seem a shame that it did not quite go as expected but I think that Admiral is to be applauded for taking the initiative here.