We Won’t Be Laughing at Google Voicemail Transcriptions Any More

We Won’t Be Laughing at Google Voicemail Transcriptions Any More

Google claims to have cut errors produced by its Google Voice and Project Fi voicemail transcription service by 49 percent, helping the search giant put an end to its notoriously bad—and in some cases humorously unintelligible—voicemail-to-text conversions. Google pulled off this major accomplishment through a process it calls a “long short-term memory deep recurrent neural […]

This Luddite Loves Cortana

For the longest time, I held off getting a smartphone for fear of the technology taking over my life. I grasped onto my “dumb” phone as long as I could, until finally it became almost unusable. This weekend, I walked into my local AT&T Wireless store and sprang for a Microsoft Nokia Lumia smartphone. It’s Windows-based, […]

The Japanese Go All In on Virtual Assistants

Here in the Western World, the big-name tech firms, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, have been mapping out a large portion of the speech technology industry with voice-driven assistant apps, like Siri, Google Now,  Cortana, and Alexa respectively. While far less public, and not capturing as much attention here in the United States, several large Japanese companies–most […]

The Power of Voice Gives Me Chills

The Power of Voice Gives Me Chills

In the morning you can find me scouring newswires and wading through press releases about the latest and greatest speech products. This technology represents a major breakthrough for the enterprise, that solution provides instantaneous ROI. Reporting about the commercial side of speech technology is my bread and butter, but what truly excites me is when […]

Your Voice Knows Where You Hurt

Your Voice Knows Where You Hurt

You may not realize that your kidneys are not functioning at optimal levels but your voice does. A company called Kinjini says that by analyzing vocal patterns, its technology can zero in on physiological and personality characteristics such as biochemical requirements and genetic make-up. The upcoming release of Kinjini’s app also makes recommendations to remedy conditions, such […]

Kitchie Kitchie Koo, I Hear You

Kitchie Kitchie Koo, I Hear You

When it comes to talking to infants and toddlers, you’re apt to see a mother cooing to her baby, while a father tends to talk in a more adult manner. Which method contributes to better speech development? It turns out, both styles offer benefits. Scientists at the Washington State University Department of Speech and Hearing Services carried out a […]

Do You Sound Right for the Job?

Do You Sound Right for the Job?

Your resume looks impeccable. Surely, human resources will be wowed by your impressive job history, stellar education and your tireless volunteer efforts to find Manhattan residents parking spaces. So far so good—and then your voice print blows any chances you had. For some reason your cute, Minnie Mouse voice isn’t a match for the job. […]