Star Trek’s vision of a voice interface to computing was and remains incredibly compelling. So much to the extent that about three years ago, Amazon included “Computer” as a wake word to the Echo so that we can pretend to talk to the first mass-market voice assistant as if we’re on a spaceship in the 24th century.
Meeting these different bots has just reinforced one thing: the images that you’re capturing, the online collections you’re sharing, just provide a foundation for all different ways of engaging your audience. The more accessible your content is, the more open the licenses you use, the more chance you’ve got of having your content used in new and different ways.
Increasingly we’re using automated technology in ways that kind of support humans in what they’re doing rather than just having algorithms work on their own, because they’re not smart enough to do that yet or deal with unexpected situations.