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  • Will AI assistants be welcome in our homes?
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What do people want from a voice assistant?

Voice recognition tech is becoming increasingly advanced, leading more people to use it in their everyday lives; the virtual assistant market is set to be worth $3.07 billion by 2020, and Amazon expects to sell ten million Echo devices in 2017 alone. But do people really want to chat to their devices?

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Why tap a command into your phone when you could get the same result by simply uttering a few words? Voice technology is growing increasingly advanced, and voice-activated assistants are more intelligent than ever, with almost every smartphone now sporting some kind of AI; Apple users have Siri, Android boasts Google Assistant, and Windows users can turn to Cortana for any queries they may have. Consequently, the adoption of these technologies is on the rise. According to Google, 20% of queries on its mobile app and Android devices are voice searches, and 60% of respondents to a survey ...

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