Business Weekly also likes the look of speech technology business Speechmatics. Cambridge has proved a honeypot for American technology giants looking for the next big thing in the speech and general AI fields. Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Google have already collectively shelled out hundreds of million dollars for Cambridge technology in the sector.
Speechmatics is ramping headcount in a rapid scale-up having launched Universal Time Alignment – a language-independent forced-alignment service to match words in text files to their counterparts in audio files. The technology accurately and automatically delivers improved content discoverability, in any language.
The technology was pioneered by Dr Tony Robinson 30 years ago at the University of Cambridge and is now pushing the boundaries in speaker-independent automatic speech recognition.