Ever since the dawn of humanity, voice has always been our primary source
for communication. Our ability to evolve sophisticated verbal languages
distinguishes us from other species but voice also transmits other kinds of
emotional and social information in ways that written words are not able to
transmit. And of course, let us not forget the undeniable expressive power of
the singing voice.
Paradoxically, voice seems to be losing ground to other means of communication.
One might say that new communication technologies are to blame. For instance,
back to the invention of silent cinema people realized that pictures could
speak a thousand words. Indeed, this trend became entrenched in our society
today: notwithstanding the fact that we can record voice with our mobile
phones, people generally prefer to take photographs instead. Movies now combine
audio and vision, but voice is often regarded as the poor cousin of image. More
disturbingly, recent studies on usage of mobile phones have shown that texting
has taken over making voice calls in the USA and in most of Western Europe.
What is happening? Is voice becoming obsolete? Is technology really to blame
here? Or would it be the case that voice, as we used to know it, is going
through an upgrading process to be able to express matters of the present