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Speech Tech Guru Ray Kurzweil Joins Google

Speech Tech Guru Ray Kurzweil Joins Google

Ray Kurzweil has confirmed that he is joining Google as director of engineering to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing. Kurzweil is the founder of several companies including Kurzweil Applied Intelligence (KAI). In 1982, the company began to develop computer-based speech recognition, and in 1987 introduced the first commercially marketed, large-vocabulary […]

Smartphones Might Soon Develop Emotional Intelligence Thanks To New Speech-Based Algorithm

Smartphones Might Soon Develop Emotional Intelligence Thanks To New Speech-Based Algorithm

At the IEEE Workshop on Spoken Language Technology, being held at the University of Rochester on Dec. 5, researchers will describe a new computer program that gauges human feelings through speech, with substantially greater accuracy than existing approaches. Surprisingly, the program doesn’t look at the meaning of the words. “We actually used recordings of actors […]

Nuance NDEV Announces Promotion

Nuance NDEV Announces Promotion

Nuance debuted its NDEV ‘Appy Holidays Promotion for the NDEV Mobile developer program, designed to take advantage of the most popular mobile device season. The holiday speech promotion will enable developers participating in the Gold and Emerald NDEV programs that launch new apps to benefit from free speech transactions and device activations until January 14, […]

Microsoft Demos New Breakthrough in Speech Translation Technology

Microsoft Demos New Breakthrough in Speech Translation Technology

During a demonstration at Microsoft Research Asia’s 21st Century Computing event, Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s chief research officer, showed off the latest breakthroughs the company has made in speech translation technology. Rashid gave the audience a brief history of speech technology and said that until recently even the best speech systems still had word error rates […]

Google Releases Advanced Voice Search On iOS

Google Releases Advanced Voice Search On iOS

Google has launched a new Google Search app for iPhone and iPad with enhanced voice search that answers questions with comprehensive Google search results. Getting an answer is as simple as tapping on the microphone icon and asking a question like, “Is United Airlines flight 318 on time?” Your words appear as you speak, you […]

What You Hear Could Depend On What Your Hands are Doing

What You Hear Could Depend On What Your Hands are Doing

New research has linked motor skills and perception and provides a new understanding of what the left and right brain hemispheres hear. Georgetown University Medical Center researchers say these findings may eventually point to strategies to help stroke patients recover their language abilities, and to improve speech recognition in children with dyslexia. The study, presented […]

Poor Voice Quality In Call Centers Costing Organizations Billions Globally

Poor Voice Quality In Call Centers Costing Organizations Billions Globally

According to a recent study, seventy-nine percent of consumers have experienced poor voice quality revealing that poor voice quality that drives down sales volumes, increases call lengths and the number of calls that are forced to be redialed. As a result, churn rates can increase for both customers and staff. The survey was undertaken by […]