In some ways it seemed inevitable, but in other ways, it’s still an awesome idea. InfoWorld reports that Google is building speech recognition technologies for browsers, and not just their own Chrome — all browsers, as an “industry standard.”
Beyond making certain searches easy to fire off with a spoken phrase, voice recognition might also give the web a whole new class of web apps that listen for audio cues. Do you want your browser to understand what you’re telling it? Or is the keyboard still your preferred lingua franca for non-mobile browsing?