Today, speech recognition and mobile dictation software is everywhere, and it’s initiated an intriguing dialogue amongst tech-users about the implications of speech-to-text communication.
The concept of dictating text is hardly a new one — for centuries, philosophers, scholars, and business people have employed scribes to transfer their spoken words into written form. But as we entered the digital age, we found that words and information moved too quickly to be effectively transcribed by hand, and it seemed that the usefulness of dictation had perhaps run its course — that is, until smartphones entered into the equation.
Speech to Text: Convenience and Progress
Today’s leading mobile dictation software can create text three times faster than traditional typing, which makes it perfectly suited for our perpetually moving, 140-character-driven world. For example, the next time you’re driving in your car or between meetings and an issue arises that demands your immediate response, a rapid-fire, spoken email could be the difference between a satisfied client or a valuable opportunity lost.
But the software offers more than just mere convenience — mobile dictation can be an asset to those individuals who, for whatever reason, may feel more comfortable speaking than writing. For instance, voice-to-text company Nuance has long marketed its Dragon dictation software as a way for people to gain confidence as writers by physically voicing the messages they wish to convey.
It can also help people overcome other kinds of limitations. Users with impaired vision often use dictation software to give commands and prompts to their smartphones. According to Palo Alto News, tech firms are striving to build friendly and accessible work environments for employees with disabilities. And as dictation software continues to improve, it’s allowing more of these workers to enter the digital realm.
How Mobile Dictation Dictates the Way We Communicate
According to Wired Magazine, the proliferation of mobile dictation software will likely bring about a fundamental shift in the way we write. Because speech is generally more casual in tone than the written word, as this software becomes increasingly common, the formality of our prose will probably start to fall off accordingly.
Some are against this notion of informality, viewing it as the death of etiquette and respect. Others are embracing it as an exciting, new era of sincere and honest communication.
But voice-to-text technology also radically alters the way we perceive our own thoughts — we can now see our own words just as our readers do. As our sentences spill over the page, we can immediately and objectively critique their import, which may give us pause before replying to all. In a time when business people and public figures constantly retract unfortunately-stated remarks, the ability to think before (or rather, while) speaking is invaluable.
Ride the Wave of the Future
But mobile dictation goes well beyond text and email messages. By quickly and accurately creating personal memos, transcribing documents, creating notes, and posting to social media, we can improve our day-to-day lives and maximize our productivity (especially using one of these 10 dictations apps listed by TechWeekEurope).
But don’t stop there — now, you can create an app of your own. With AppMakr's easy-to-use, drag and drop app design tool, anyone can create world-enhancing apps in 20 minutes or less — no prior coding experience required!
Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the one dictating our future.
Chloe S. Flanagan
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