When I've been out with my family lately, I've caught my brother barking one word commands into his phone: "Sports.... Football...."
He's been calling 800-555-TELL to stay up on sports scores. It's a free service which also provides information about things like movies, stock quotes, and weather. It's much faster than waiting for the web connection on the phone, and it's safer than trying to send a text message to GOOGL while driving. (Of course I don't do that!)
I know I just posted about talking to live people, but these services have some pretty good non-humans working for them. Try it!