Changes in technology drive improved media, and media drive changes in the technological landscape. Let’s take a look at what the future holds for public information and media development. What are the main trends that are coming up, and which ones have already proved successful?
Voice Interface in Digital Media Technology
It looks like the interface is not going to be the same in 2019. Siri, Alexa, Google Home prove that voice interfaces have a lot of potential, so vast, that they can replace ordinary screens. In fact, by 2023, half of all interactions by American users will be done through voice interfaces.
Voice interface is not just about home support
The possibilities for semantic and natural language processing are enormous and can be applied in many different industries.
Let’s take the Alexa feature as an example. As you probably know, Alexa enables users to receive regular updates from certain areas and relevant sources with some simple voice commands. Journalists and bloggers record short podcasts, usually no longer than a minute that brief their audience on the main news of fields or ideas on a topic.
Blogs can be podcasts
With the increasing popularity of podcasts and voice-managed software, it is clear that blog development will be in line with trends. What if you could add your text to a program and it would automatically create a high quality podcast. Such devices were already developed by Google, though only for English. However, in the future, software for text-to-speech technology will be more common in other languages as well.
AI-powered real-time assistant
You know that feeling when you are watching a text or watching a video, and there is a question that bothers you. You write a comment or even contact the author directly, but the response never comes. Even if it does, it is usually too late.
The problem is going to be solved. IBM has introduced a prototype that answers people’s questions in real-time. If you are reading an article and you have a question about it, it is enough to just say it out loud. The language processing algorithm will understand what you have said, find an answer, and give you an analytical answer. Combined with AI, such devices can also give a completely new approach that would be impossible to find elsewhere.
Digital media solutions for fact-checking
The fake news craziness that began several years ago has taken over social media and worries users. Receiving news from social media has already become a habit and we would really like to make sure that they are genuine. It concerns not only the source of information but also the editing, fact-checking and publishing process. To make news reliable, it is important to make them completely transparent.
How can such transparency work? With providing a piece of content, both authors and software developers should provide the possibility to test its reliability. This means a fact-checking algorithm for a blog and giving readers the possibility to evaluate information.
But it can go beyond that. At Rogers University, an algorithm was developed that opened up the source of influence on artistic works. Originally, algorithms scan an artist’s work and determine routes to creative inspiration. A similar system can be used to examine whether news content affected by the influence of businesses or political organizations. It can greatly improve the reputation of the media if the audience can find out what tools and algorithms reporters use and how evidence has been gathered.
Digital media technology shift
At the moment, it is quite challenging to predict what the future changes are in the media sector. We can base our opinion on statistics and observations and see what comes next. One thing is clear, big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things will definitely change the way we view media. This is important for optimization – or you may be left behind.