ROBOTICS may be the future but technological advancement is gearing toward voice recognition. I am looking forward to the future when housewives will be able to talk to their kitchen appliances while they attend to other household chores.

And when the day is over, they could relax on a couch and talk to their TV sets without the hassle of looking for the remote control stashed away somewhere by their children or pets.

Voice recognition as a computer software may be a welcome development and more importantly for people with a variety of disabilities. While researching, the internet led me to various websites. “The program can be an alternative to typing on a keyboard because of the software’s ability to receive and interpret dictation and understand spoken words. The user’s hands remain free.”

Voice recognition will benefit those with impaired eyesight and those crippled by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Computer users with this syndrome experience numbness, tingling, weakness and other problems in their hand because of pressure on the median nerve in their wrist.

Another spectrum of voice recognition which is not connected with technology is what the medical field call “fetal hearing.”

“Studies have shown that a fetus heart rate increases when she hears her mother’s voice, suggesting your baby becomes more alert when you speak.”

According to the study, the baby can detect sounds from outside your body beginning in the tri-semester of pregnancy. “The voices, tunes, and noises she hears in the utero do in fact, help her get used to the environment she’ll enter at birth.”

In a world where noise has become inevitable, it is becoming more difficult to hear that “inner voice” we refer to as the “conscience.” The sound of video games, TV or radio programs, blaring music from Videoke machines, the barking of dogs, loud mufflers from vehicles etc. are elements that hinder us from hearing the “inner voice.”

There are people who seem to be uncomfortable with stillness and silence. The “sound of silence” only becomes unbearable when we are not used to it. Perhaps a 15-minute break a day from the usual nuances is a good starting point to recognize that illusive inner voice. Some kind of healing happens and people are more creative in silence.