New Technologies Find a Voice… And it’s Ours

It’s official. Technology has caught up to the most basic and yet powerful human capability: Our voice.

How else to explain the rapid rise of digital assistants SiriGoogle AssistantCortanaAlexa and the newest entrant, Samsung’s Bixby? These systems rely on voice commands rather than touch to control devices or applications, providing us with near-seamless access to a dizzying array of information, services, shopping, you name it. [Read more…]

Forget Looking…. Listen to What’s in Your Blind Spot

While that may be true, I’d like to add an important qualifier: “…but hearing is surviving.”

It’s easy to overlook just how critical our sense of hearing is. Sure, it allows us to be entertained and informed, enables us to communicate clearly and effectively with others and plenty more.

But perhaps more than anything, it helps keep us alive. [Read more…]

Why We Can’t Escape Noise – and Why That’s A Good Thing

Are barking dogs, roaring traffic and the din of the workplace driving you crazy? There’s a good reason why we have a hard time escaping the noise around us (and you probably won’t like it).

It’s every airline passenger’s nightmare, and one we’ve all experienced. The shrieking child two rows back.

Pity the poor parents; they try everything but with no luck. The meltdown persists. Escape is impossible. You and 100-plus other captive passengers reach your breaking point. Nerves fray. Tempers flare.

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