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Be ready for voice-activated real estate search

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Over the weekend, as all those new iPhone 4S's got booted up and people started playing with Siri, a built-in tool that assists in using the smartphone's features via voice commands, a realization began to take hold. If we can use our voice to tell a machine what we're looking for, what will become of search as we know it? I've been playing with Siri for several years now (it was a free app on the iPhone before Apple bought the technology) and while not perfect, it is amazing at what it points toward. Siri is Apple's voice-activated "intelligent agent." It is software that can understand questions asked in English, and then use that understanding to find answers. Siri was developed by defense research group SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif.; it was in development a long while before Apple bought it in April 2010. Apple has a long history in working with voice technologies (anyone else nerdy enough to have custom-scripted some MacInTalk stuff?), but the int...