Why do a majority of consumers prefer their A.I. assistants to speak in a female voice? That’s one finding of a new survey on how consumers use virtual assistants on their phones and home connected devices.

I don’t want our blog to become a platform for political discourse, I’ll leave that to Facebook, Twitter and the talking heads on cable TV news.

Given the near universal hatred people have for office cubicle farms, you might think that coworking spaces would be just as unpopular. Yet, the opposite is true. The number of coworking spaces worldwide has skyrocketed from 1,000 five years ago to more than 11,000 today, driven by the similar increase in the number of remote workers and independent contractors. Coworking spaces are great for facilitating collaboration and networking, but sometimes you need to block out the noise and focus. That’s when you turn your OV intelligent headphones into your own portable Cone of Silence that’s much more effective than one of Max Smart’s favorite gizmos.

Back in 2009, the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) launched its "Decide to Drive" campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. Today, the AAOS is also sounding the alarm over distracted walking. Its research finds the number of injuries to pedestrians using their phones has more than doubled since 2004 - everything from falling down stairs to stepping in front of on-coming traffic. Our OV intelligent headphones with voice control for Amazon Alexa Voice are convenient and fun to use, but considering these statistics, it’s important to emphasize how using your voice to control your A.I. assistant can keep you safe while walking or driving

Admit it – the first time you said “Alexa,” “OK Google,” or “Hey Siri,” you felt a little silly. But chances are you quickly got over that feeling after discovering how powerful voice-controlled A.I. assistants have become. I feel comfortable making that educated guess after reviewing the findings of new research from Park Associates that finds talking to connected devices is becoming second-nature for us.

Do you feel like flying has grown more uncomfortable over the years? That’s not just your imagination. Seat size and leg room have been slowly shrinking.

I recently discovered this short video on the Alexa Developers YouTube channel that poses a simple question, “What is Amazon Alexa?” Look back over Alexa’s rapid evolution, and you see that a risky experiment inside Amazon’s labs has become a voice-controlled A.I. market leader. 

Voice-controlled, hands-free A.I. assistants were the brain children of Hollywood and sci-fi writers, not Silicon Valley. Some were good, like the Computer on board every iteration of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Amazon’s Alexa voice service made headlines earlier this year at the annual consumer tech bacchanalia that is the CES show in Vegas.

It appears the four-way competition among Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft in the AI voice-enabled assistant market is about to get a major new player.