In order to be more efficient time and cost wise (as well as CSR), we’re more and more encouraged to use video and voice conferencing. During one of the last calls I had with a global team, my thoughts were wandering to Google Wave again and here’s what I came up with:
One of the cool things of Google Wave is the seamless integration of email, IM, apps etc all into one conversation. One thing that is still left out is voice. Wouldn’t it be great if you could also participate in this Wave conversation by just dialing in? It’s a bit difficult to type when you are in the car, so while some people are typing, mailing, instant messaging you can participate with voice. Voice-to-text and text-to-speech technology will transcribe on the fly and you can even run it through a translator. That would save the European Commission or UN a lot of money by not needing clerks and translators anymore.
I know that the technology is not ready yet, but I recently decided to stop worrying about the technical limitations we have to date. Eventually they will be solved as well.
The only thing that we need extra is a way to train a computer that it can reproduce your voice in order to avoid that a Wave conference call would be like 5 metal-voiced robots talking to each other. Conspiracy nut heads will probably fear now that the computer will turn against us and use our voice to dial people behind our back… Oh the future is bright.

Lee Provoost is a Cloud Computing Strategist and ERP+ lead at Capgemini. You can follow his ongoing stream of thoughts on Twitter http://twitter.com/leeprovoost.