Speech-related technologies as speech recognition, automatic translation, speaker identification or speech synthesis are used more often nowadays. Sometimes, even quite undetected by the users, in order not to create a "refusal" actitude.
But research in this fields is still going, and most actual comercial systems do don't even use most of the innovations or proposals developed by scientists. Therefor, an important jump in comercial speech-related applications can be expected during the next 5 years. However, is it what the genral public expects? Is people prepared for (and willing) new improvements and a more complex technology? In brief: will we use speech-related technologies in the near future or are we (experts and scientists) working for nothing?