Are you familiar with T-Mobile’s Genius button? When pushed, it allows you to issue basic voice commands from calling or texting a contact to searching the web or Google Maps. Observers might say it’s like Siri, but most users would disagree.

That opinion may soon change, since T-Mobile has given Genius an upgrade, providing a deeper level of natural-language understanding, and integrating the service with a broader array of content sources beyond Maps and Google Search.

Gigaom brought this interesting news to our attention in their article, “T-Mobile’s Genius voice-command button just got a lot smarter.” Another good example of semantic technology and of course, taxonomies, since they are required for a comprehensive database to reference. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.