Voice - The next computing platform - Global Thematic Research

Voice - The next computing platform - Global Thematic Research


Many of us will be talking increasingly to machines. Products such as smartphones, in-car infotainment systems, biometric ID systems, home speakers, games consoles, televisions, doors, fridges and industrial machines are already, or will soon become, “conversational”.

Speech recognition technology is currently about 90% accurate. In order for voice-activated products to go mainstream, speech recognition needs to reach 99% accuracy. This may take until 2030. But, in the meantime, investors need now to factor voice-driven AI into their thinking and into the way they assess the future prospects of many of their mid-term investments.

Inside this report, we look at the key players impacted by this theme, drilling down into the value chain and identifying winners and losers.


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  • Players
  • Evolution of voice technology
    • Where are we in the evolution of voice technology?
  • Trends
  • Industry analysis
    • Voice platforms are approaching take off point…
    • …so investors need to factor voice-driven AI into their thinking
    • China's role in voice platforms could be big
    • Voice algorithms are still only 90% accurate
    • The evolving business context around voice
  • Value chain
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Application programming interfaces
    • Voice-driven platforms and devices
  • A voice technology timeline
    • Table The story of voice so far
    • Voice by the numbers
  • Technology briefing
    • Hidden Markov Models dominate speech recognition…
    • …while Connectionist models created the concept of artificial neural networks
    • Now the focus is on deep learning
    • What the future holds for voice
  • Companies section
    • Publiccompanies
    • Privately held companies
  • Appendix: Our "Thematic" research methodology
    • Table Five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard

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