Google Assistant Fares Better Than Rivals With Medication

If there is one thing that everyone can agree on, it is that we are all living in the age of the smart speakers. This means that a lot of people that are working in various sectors can use digital assistants help make their work a bit better for them, and there is also the fact that people use digital assistants at home as well. One of the most common uses for digital assistants is in the ascertaining of what kind of medication you are taking and what the purpose of taking said medication might be. The fact of the matter is that Google Assistant has managed to surpass both Alexa as well as Siri when it comes to helping consumers out with their medications, and this has managed to give Google an edge that is quite potent and could prove to be a real game changer very soon.

This comes after a lab company named Klick Health conducted research on on voice recognition technology such as Google Assistant and Siri to find out how well they could comprehend the names of fifty different medications. It turns out that Google Assistant is much better at recognizing the names of medication, and this could possibly mean that Google’s voice recognition technology surpasses that of Apple and Amazon.


"Google Assistant had the best overall comprehension rates with 91.8 percent accuracy on brand-name medication names and 84.3 percent accuracy on generic names. In the same testing, Siri had 58.5 percent accuracy on brand-names and 51.2 percent on generics, while Alexa had 54.6 percent accuracy on brand names and 45.5 percent on generics. For research participants with audible, foreign accents, both Siri and Alexa also came in with lower overall comprehension rates however, no significant differences were found between accent types when participants spoke to Google Assistant. Interestingly, while all three platforms demonstrated strong understanding of over-the-counter pain relievers Aspirin (Google 100%, Alexa and Siri each 93%) and Tylenol (Google and Alexa each 98%; Siri 93%), Alexa showed significantly weaker comprehension rates for both Advil (Google 100%, Alexa 2%; Siri 59%) and the generic Ibuprofen (Google 100%, Alexa 4%; Siri 89%).", explained klick team in a press announcement.
Voice recognition technology is in many ways the wave of the future, and there will be a lot more voice recognition options in the future as well. Microsoft’s Cortana is still rudimentary but it might just become a contender at some point, and it’s quite miraculous when you think about how advanced voice recognition technology already is right now.

Google Assistant is better than Alexa and Siri when it comes to having most-used medication knowledge
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