"The development of increasingly precise speech recognition technology begs the question of whether Google and Microsoft will one day use it to "listen" to users, in order to serve them relevant advertising".
The article talks about how both Google, and the leader in speech recognition, Microsoft, are both building speech data banks.
Both internet giants are.. "using their free directory services to build vast, digital Petri dishes loaded with samples of users' speech patterns. Those patterns are in turn are being fed into the companies' myriad server computers, where they are analyzed in an effort to make their respective speech recognition technologies progressively smarter."
And again - why might that be, according to rumors?
"accurately understood search commands could be paired with equally relevant, and valuable, advertisements."
Rgardless of any presumed dark motives, the data these two highly evolved industry giants will quickly gather and analyze will undoubtedly become a giant leap forward in the holy grail of speech recognition to everyone - The proverbial Holy Grail of speech recognition for over a decade:
"Speaker independent speech recognition".
What a terrific development. It's more than possible a year from now all the wireless devices across the world will be interacting with websites in very new, very exciting ways!