voice control stories

At what point will we be able to casually chat with our gadgets like the crew of the USS Enterprise does with its computer on Star Trek, or like Dave Bowman and Frank Poole do in 2001 before HAL went violently bonkers? We're taking baby steps toward normalized machine-human relations with Apple's Siri, Ford's Sync, the ivee clock radio, Samsung's voice-controlled HDTVs and IBM's "Jeopardy"-champion Watson. Perhaps a further step will be taken by the long-rumored Siri-controlled Apple HDTV later this year. But we're still a long way from considering colloquies with our appliances as normal as bar codes, Wi-Fi and touchscreens. The question is, just how long of a way? And just how conversational do we want our gadgets to become before paranoiac imaginings of malevolent self-awareness develop?
It's no secret that every major TV maker is racing to beat Apple to the punch on a voice-controlled TV. Samsung — the world leader in HDTVs — just showed off its brand new 2012 Smart TVs at its spring showcase in New York and we had a chance to experience its voice and gesture controls. Read on to find out if talking to your TV and waving your hand is more intuitive than using a remote control.