Virtual personal assistants have really come out to be the standout pieces of technology in the last few years. For anyone who uses them, they have become a beacon of hope and help throughout the day. Still, some people believe that VPAs are going to go the same way as Tamagotchi’s and beepers – but that isn’t the case. The way humans use and embrace tech has created a cyclical industry where when something catches on, it stays on for a good amount of time. With something as revolutionary as VPAs, it is likely they will stick, and here are just a few reasons why:
1. They Make Life Easier
Anything that makes your life easier is going to be something that you want in your life from making appointments to performing internet searches, VPAs take some of the work we hate doing. Let’s be honest, humans are getting lazier and lazier, and this is a great way to stop doing some of the little things that take away from our own time.
2. They Keep Getting Better
Companies and VPAs such as Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri continue to work and improve their VPAs so that they are better, stronger, and smarter. All of these companies, and more from around the world, are working to improve their tech and continue to push the limits of what is possible. We have come too far at this point to go backwards, as we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg for what VPAs can do.
3. More People are Jumping In
More and more people are using VPAs. This means that there is a lot of money to be had in the industry; from people who are going to make apps and projects to those who develop the next big piece of tech. When individuals see something that is working for them, they are more likely to try out new apps and programs. It will quickly become a self-fulfilling industry where new things come out on a weekly basis – kind of like with iPhone and Android apps.
4. Embraced By Workplaces
Probably the most important thing that will keep VPAs alive for a long time is the fact that more and more workplaces are embracing it in hopes it improves productivity. If workplaces and offices are going to take the time to train employees on new tech and bring in people to train them, you can bet that it will be used for a long time. Even if something new does come along, many companies are still going to cling to using them.
In some instances, VPAs will replace actual employees, saving companies money and doing the same work in half the time. Companies aren’t going to walk away that easily.
5. Younger Generations Can Use Them
Kids are getting into tech much younger than they did before, and that means that are likely to pick up on how to use VPAs quickly. When they learn how to use it, it will quickly become something used in school, college, and transfer to their careers. It will start with Siri on iPhones and move onto Cortana, Alexa, Google, and Bixby. While they are likely to be the first people to leave the VPAs behind and find something new instead, they will also be the ones funneling money into the industry so that more can be accomplished.
6. You Can’t Go Back
People aren’t likely to move away from something that makes their lives easier unless there is something right behind it that will make it even easier. Nor are they likely to move away from something that did take us a while to learn. We are more willing to embrace the hardware and software that we’ve invested time, energy, and experience on. Unless new tech blooms and blooms quickly, it is unlikely that we’ll see them get replaced.
Have VPAs changed your life for the better? For most of us, we can’t even remember a time when we didn’t have one. With the upcoming tech advancements and the way the entire world has embraced them, it is likely that they aren’t going away anytime soon.