David is listening

Siri, Apple’s voice-commanded digital assistant, might’ve got an upgrade. But developments in voice recognition tech mean that your next-next-gen smartphone will easily surpass Siri’s passive listening capabilities, becoming a chat-happy, always-on life mate.

Nuance, the company behind many of the innovations in voice recognition, has been working with chip manufacturers to give smartphones an impressive new talent – the power to listen to you when they’re otherwise ‘asleep’.

The implications are scary. Picture your phone sitting there quietly, listening to what you say, and ‘hearing’ you mention Coca Cola. Later you’re shopping in the supermarket, and the machine pings you about a Pepsi sale. Freaky! David, the robot from Prometheus, could be closer than we think.