Nobody used keyboards in the sci-fi of our childhoods. Whether it was the control system of starships or the hub of a utopian world. Every interaction was based on human speech. Opening the pod doors or jettisoning the trash only required a simple command, and many of those systems replied in kind.
Now we’re closing in on that reality. Siri was the first seismic shift in the field, but companies like Google and Amazon have gone much further. Apple has even announced a massive rollout of voice-activated apps into the App Store. With high rollers like Uber, Runkeeper, and Skype all taking up the mantle of voice recognition, this tech is no longer a niche development — it is swiftly transforming into a necessity for app developers hoping to keep up with the competition.