Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Speech recognition arrives almost unrecognizably
My friend and former colleague from AT&T, Harvey Cohen, writes:
We just traded our Volvo sedan for an Acura TL, which . . . has a satellite navigation system and understands 300 spoken words, including such vital phrases as “Go home” and “Find the nearest Chinese restaurant.” (I am not making this up).I contrast this with 1976, when I would sign up for computer time from 2:00 to 6:00 A.M. to synthesize simple syllables like "ba" and "pa". Recognizing "ba" and "pa", with attendant human variation, was to be immeasurably more difficult. Now, after decades of promise, here we are.
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