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Voice AI to replace websites?

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    I do not own a voice AI assistant like Alexa yet but noticed they can do many things would replace the need to visit a webpage which could be very bad for those working on content websites who rely on Adsense or affiliate revenue.

    For example, a common task that is included with marketing Alexa is its ability to tell you a recipe for cooking something.

    If you can just ask Alexa what the recipe is for chocolate chip cookies, what's the need to visit the website and wouldn't it then bypass all advertising - how do the content creators ensure they are being paid?

    Does Alexa verbally advertise items like the radio? I have no experience with it so forgive me if I am missing something.


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    Some tasks will be passed off to the AI, like reading recipes - but if you need to go back to the 3rd ingredient... was that a dash of salt or a dash of sugar.... then you'll need the actual text.

    We're years away from AI that's more than 4 or 5 year old intelligence level. Even then, I doubt they will replace the traditional web. There's simply too much at stake. Forget the content creators, Google makes virtually all its revenue from advertising. Since they have the most prolific artificial assistant on the planet, you can bet they're not going to let the traditional web go very easily.
     
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    Agreed. Voice AI won't replace the web. It'll simply be one more--prominent--option in the ecosystem. Have books completely disappeared?
     
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    Voice is a great form of communication but only tremendously useful in very limited scopes.

    Examples:

    Weather

    - If you want to know the weather right now, it's perfect.
    - If you want to know what the weather will look like for the next 7 days on an hourly scale with chance of precipitation overlaid, well now you need a visual graph

    News

    - If you want the 5 most important headlines, cool.
    - If you want to scan through the day's news and pick and choose quickly what you want to earmark for later, read now, skim through, etc... well now you need a website or newspaper or other graphical interface

    Books

    - Having a story read to you is great
    - Researching or reviewing a reference book is not

    Social

    - Your best friend's tweets for the last 17 minutes? Cool.
    - Your morning's newsfeed of all your friends, likes, responses, photos and videos? Less so.

    Right now voice is coming into it's on in spaces that makes sense - very simple, short, and sweet nuggets. Playing a song, reading a headline, reading stories, GPS, traffic, giving you the weather, ordering simple common things, etc...

    It will never replace visual forms of communication simply because not everything works well with voice.

    (Not to mention the psychological addiction triggers that voice alone can't offer)
     
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    Well as someone who has created content websites the responses are reassuring.

    I suppose more framework could be created to allow the voice AI to be a bit more intelligent but I agree it's definitely going to take time.


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    I think for receiving information that does not need visuals audio is going to be huge. I spend 12+ hours in front of the screen and am happy to take a break. Plus audio allows you to multitask easier. I.e. Podcast/voice ai while driving


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    Huh.

    I'm not as optimistic about it as Gary, and still say voice will continue to be used in pretty strict and focused capacities in any kind of wide-spread way, but I do agree there is huge opportunity there within those capacities.

    Maybe I'm just getting to be an old fart set in his ways but I really see zero appeal in talking to my devices. I've even turned off voice abilities on my phone since I don't see it as more convenient than other options (yet).

    But hell - like all great leaps forward it only seems stupid and inconvenient until someone nails the execution.
     

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