Wozniak: Voice recognition is computing's next frontier

The Apple co-founder also analyzes Oracle's acquisition strategy, the tablet space, and new trends in enterprise memory

Look for more robust voice recognition to take hold in the realm of personal computing, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in a brief interview this week that also touched on topics ranging from tablet computing, Oracle's acquisition strategy, and enterprise memory technology.

Voice recognition will advance by being able to "interpret a wider variety of commands," said Wozniak, at an event in Silicon Valley. Wozniak also lauded Apple's iPad tablet and saw Google Android tablets as Apple's competition rather than anything Microsoft has to offer in the tablet space. As far as Windows, Wozniak said he has "too many negative feelings" about Microsoft's OS based on his own experiences with it.

[ InfoWorld columnist Galen Gruman writes about where mobile technology is headed from 2011 to 2020. | Keep up on the day's tech news headlines with InfoWorld's Today's Headlines: Wrap Up newsletter. ]

Wozniak also offered brief perspectives on Oracle's many acquisitions and on Google. "Oracle's acquisitions seem to be more in the category of competing with HP," said Wozniak, a former HP employee himself. He cited Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems, a hardware company, to go with Oracle's software business. Google, meanwhile, has a business model fashioned after TV, in which it offers free services and monetizes them with advertising, he said.

For enterprises, meanwhile, Wozniak emphasized as a recent trend the switch to NAND Flash technology from hard disks. Already, a tenth of Internet traffic comes from NAND Flash chips instead of hard disks, said Wozniak, who is chief scientist at Fusion-io, which specializes in NAND Flash.

Wozniak, who first left Apple in 1981 and then returned for a spell in the mid-1980s, waxed proudly on what his former company has achieved lately. He cited the successes of the iPhone cell phone, iPod music player, iPad tablet, and Apple's retail and online stores. He did, however, cite Apple TV as a bit of a miss for Apple.

Wozniak appeared Tuesday at a reopening of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View Calif., which touted its Revolution exhibition purportedly covering 2,000 years of computing. The exhibit features devices as far back as the mid-1600s, including Napier's bones, which are  sticks for multiplication.

Dignitaries at the event were asked what it would mean when technology innovation is no longer so concentrated in the United States. "If some other country exceeds in innovation, God bless them," said Al Alcorn, inventor of the Pong video game.

This article, "Wozniak: Voice recognition is computing's next frontier," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in business technology news and get a digest of the key stories each day in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter.

Read more about applications in InfoWorld's Applications Channel.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftOracleGoogleApplesoftwareapplicationsvoice recognitionMobilize

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Krill

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?