Hey Google call Alexa!
OK, that probably won’t be a request, but both Alexa and Google Home may be your land line in the near future. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that according to “people familiar with the matter”, Google and Amazon are moving towards giving consumers the ability to make phone calls from their respective home speakers. It would seem to be a next logical step for both and customers have been asking for it since day one.
Rumor is that each could have the functionality in place this year, though the stumbling block may be privacy concerns, telecom regulations and emergency services.
Issue one, people may not be comfortable with making calls on devices that can record conversations. Though, in reality, only the metadata would be collected, making the call conversations unintelligible, but perception is reality.
Issue two, would the telecom providers play a role and, if so, what types of agreements would need to be in place?
Issue three, how would emergency services be invoked?
According to WSJ, both companies would use VoIP (voice over Internet protocol), which is the technology used by Skype. But, if they use such existing technology or develop their own from the bottom up, rest assured that the already fading traditional land line would be well on the way to being a complete dinosaur. In my mind, this type of tech is inevitable and if it cannot jump through the legal and technical hurdles in the near term, it certainly will at some point.
We seem to be approaching the Jetson age at an exponential pace and this would seem to be another step in that direction. Meanwhile, I’m still looking for my middle class, flying car. Did I just cross over to the Fifth Element?
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