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Voice Search is Growing: The Stats

By Expectlabs @ExpectLabs

Language is what sets us apart from other species, so machines getting as good as humans at understanding the spoken word really sets a high water mark in the field of artificial intelligence. This is what excites us as engineers and scientists. As a business, we’re thrilled to see marketplace stats accurately reflect laboratory progress. Here are some of those numbers:

  • Over two years, Google’s word error rates have gone from 25% to 8%.
  • Major search engines are seeing as much as 10% of their traffic coming from voice.
  • Over the past year, Google voice search use more than doubled.
  • In a survey of U.S. smartphone users, 55% of teens and 41% of adults use voice search every day.
  • Search experts predict that, within five years, 50% of queries will be on speech and images.

Consumers have been told for forty years that voice was “just around the corner” – and now, it’s finally arrived! We’ve trained ourselves to communicate with machines via keywords and touch-pads – which, even after all these years, still feels pretty unnatural. Very soon, asking your device a question will be just as easy as asking a knowledgeable person standing right next to you.

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