This is going to be an interesting one for me to write and one for you to read. The questions here is do we really think these suggestions will get delivered to us in the real world by 2018. In many cases these tech developments could exist in 2017 but may only make mass public consumption by 2018 too.
When writing, I usually try and have source material that keeps me spurred on. On this post, it should be about tech, but it’s not. My tech prediction is that voice search will be massive and booming come 2018. The rise of Amazon and Google related products should in theory increase through 2017. They have already been massive gifts to us all during 2017 christmas.
So far in 2017 the release of Alexa by Amazon has, in my opinion, pushed Google to deliver on its own Google Home. Again, in my opinion, it seems odd that people have to say their whole name. Nobody wants to say I bought a Google Home. However Alexa, shes cool and a nice friend.
As if thats not enough, Alexa has added IFTT so, its super smart basically. For more on why and how Alexa might own it. Read this cool post.
Oh, wait, lets get back to the world and its trends. My non tech source that makes me think voice is going to be big by 2018…. Russia.
I somehow stumbled upon this blogpost and discovered that Russia will be (owning) hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2018. SO, im a little lost in a way. Thats a big bit of news that people might miss. Actually the whole list is interesting. Just imagine for a moment, how many searches will be done in 2018 just during the period where the world cup takes place. Think about the number of languages that might be featured. This is where Google might move into its own.
Events as big as this globally might seem like it’s irrelevant, however as ever the US and other English speaking worlds will dominate and use search. Having Russia be the host of the world cup, plus South Korea hosting the Winter Olympics, only suggests that the reach of voice related search will boom in 2018 across the world and leave a massive new trend embedded into society, just like email is today. I know, its a big statement to make, but i think its a no brainer.
My main and final point to make it robots. In 2018 ‘most’ surgery will feature robots that are far more accurate. If this becomes a reality, surgeons are in demand. Voice related controls will hit a high. If robots are used in this way, voice search may also boom. The robots may well be manually told what to do but could equally have the potential to be voice activated. These robots in turn could be connected to voice related commands in real time across the world. A surgeon in Japan could control a surgery in … say, the UK!
So, rather than try and predict 2017, these are my predictions for 2018.
1.Robots that could eradicate surgeons and use search technology to enhance their knowledge.
2. Major events globally drive voice search, not just everyday voice searching.