Why does social media have to be just text?

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I asked Boukadakis whether he thinks others will follow his lead, and whether we will one day soon not just be reading Facebook and Twitter, but listening to it as well. "It has to be," he responded. "If you look at Apple with Siri for example. Speech recognition goes back 20 years, and they've been perfecting it. We are not a one-dimensional communication. It's no longer the written word, there needs to be audio, there needs to be video. There needs to be another form of interaction, and I'll call that a human interface interaction." Boukadakis imagines a Star Trek like future, not quite so far off in the distance, where searching for something and buying it could be as easy as having a conversation with an automated, voice-based search engine. The speech recognition piece of the puzzle is already there, and the commerce end of it could be easily achieved with a voice authentication print or a thumb scan incorporated into the mobile device. And why not? Searching for information has become exponentially easier over the past 20 years, and the next logical step is to add an intelligent voice interface. Audingo is the tip of the iceberg. Our keyboards may just become obsolete before we know it.

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