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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

AI: Catching up

(Image by Bemidji State University)
If you feel something breathing down your neck, it might just be artificial intelligence.  “But computers can’t breathe,” you say.  Well not yet, anyway.

For decades, it had been impossible for machines to adequately recognize the human voice.  These days, however, “instant speech-to-text transcription” is about to eradicate the need for human secretaries.

Baidu Research recently partnered with Stanford and the University of Washington to produce a Deep Speech 2 program that is “able to transcribe speech three times faster” than human fingers.

The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, predicts that “conversation will enter all computing in the near future.”  This trend began in the 1970s when the Department of Defense undertook “speech recognition research” in earnest.


Copyright October 18, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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