Michele Masterson

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. […]

Amazon Echo is Now a Personal Shopper

Amazon Echo is Now a Personal Shopper

Amazon’s personal assistant, Echo, will take your order now. Available to Prime members, Echo can reorder shoppers’ products, advise if they are no long available and speak confirmation codes before completing orders. Echo allows users to make purchases only if they  qualify for Prime. However, if a product doesn’t qualify for Prime or is out […]

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Use of Speech-to-Text

Snowden Documents Reveal NSA Use of Speech-to-Text

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that someone’s not following you. That saying may ring even more loudly on the heels of an article revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) uses speech-to-text technology to transcribe phone conversations.  Published this week on the Web site the Intercept, the article’s author, Dan Froomkin, detailed the NSA’s machinations […]

Microsoft Launches Project Oxford, Makes Speech, Language Understanding APIs Available

Microsoft Launches Project Oxford, Makes Speech, Language Understanding APIs Available

Microsoft this week took the wraps off Project Oxford, a set of four application programming interfaces and software development kits to help developers create smart applications. Fueled by Microsoft’s natural data understanding, the APIs are for speech, language understanding, facial recognition, and vision.  Using state-of-the-art algorithms, developers can add not only speech to applications, but […]

Dutch Lottery Bets on Natural Language Interaction

Dutch Lottery Bets on Natural Language Interaction

Artificial Solutions, a virtual assistance (VA) solutions provider, has inked a deal to provide its technology to the Dutch state lottery, Staatsloterij. While a lottery might be an unusual use case for VA, what really separates the agreement from the pack is the company’s VA technology itself. The 14-year old company bases its VA solution on […]

Samsung Listens but Doesn’t Sell Viewers Out

Samsung Listens but Doesn’t Sell Viewers Out

If there’s one thing people should realize by now, it’s that not everything you read on the Internet is true, at least according to an Abraham Lincoln. That lesson can be applied to the hysteria generated by an article published this week that purported that Samsung’s smart TVs are not only spying on viewers by […]

Microsoft Azure Media Indexer Brings Speech Rec to the Consumer Side

Microsoft Azure Media Indexer Brings Speech Rec to the Consumer Side

Microsoft is betting that the explosive growth of Internet videos will continue to climb and has unveiled Azure Media Indexer for consumer use.  Instead of continually having to stop and rewind audio and video material to find content, the Indexer does the heavy lifting by using speech recognition. “We provide the ability for customers to […]