Will The Keyboard-Less Future Be Here Sooner Than We Think?

By Brandon Uttley

Is typing dying? If not, it may well be on life support.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal indicated that the next one billion Internet users will be using devices powered mostly by voice and images. While many of these users are in developing countries with low literacy rates, it still portends an interesting trend overall.

I have long thought that voice control could be the wave of the future—but I did not think it would happen so fast. I thought we would be reliant on keypads for a long time.

But as I write this—using just my voice in Google Docs—it strikes me that I may see typing go away in dramatic fashion sooner than I imagined.

If you think about it, there are many applications now—like Google or the company Nuance or the mobile application Cassette, just to name a few—that allow you to easily transcribe your voice into written text. We also have Siri and Cortana and other voice activated assistants at our beck-and-call.

Another favorite app of mine is Anchor, which allows anyone to easily record and share audio clips. The app’s newest feature even allows you to get a virtually instantaneous transcription and accompanying video of your voice recording that can be shared on social media. Imagine the possibilities of creating an audio podcast without the need for expensive equipment, editing software or file hosting—that is exactly what Anchor among others is now offering. Typing is optional.

All of this seems very exciting and is leading me to experiment more with the use of my voice to create content much more quickly than I probably could have otherwise, especially when relying on my typing skills.

What do you think? Is typing dying? And if so, will we be able to adapt quickly enough to think out loud in order to share our thoughts in a coherent, non-rambling way?

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