new blog series written by CEO John Milliken, addressing global trade

Is the UK becoming more isolated at a time when the need to find new trading partners is at a premium?

In my first CEO blog, I will be exploring why the current lack of stability in global trade is forcing a fast-growing business like Speechmatics to have to navigate a complex geo-economic-political landscape to ensure we maintain our growth momentum across the globe. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the PM’s speech at […]


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Why is punctuation important in speech recognition?

Punctuation in transcription The addition of punctuation narrows the gap between a mere transcript and a more intelligent understanding of language. Punctuation, used in the right place, significantly improves the readability of transcripts and reduces the time it takes to edit them. But how important is punctuation, really? If you’ve been using a speech-to-text service, […]


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4 challenges media companies face when adopting speech recognition technology

An overview of speech recognition technology Advances in computing power, graphics processing and cloud computing have given rise to the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to build innovative applications. With their rise in power has come increased hype to the extent where AI and ML have become buzzwords. Many media companies […]


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Machine learning is getting BIG (Part II)

This article is a continuation of ‘Machine learning is getting BIG (Part I)‘ previously published on this blog. Can machine learning be a carbon dioxide generator? As well as cost in terms of dollars, people have started calculating the cost of training these huge models in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. When neural architecture search […]


Machine learning is becoming bigger and bigger. Gradient image of a robot learning from an exploding source of data.

Machine learning is getting BIG (Part I)

Machine learning (ML) is everywhere right now. A cursory look at Google Trends shows how interest has spiked in the past 5 years as it has been applied more widely, and more successfully, to a range of applications. The field has been through a few lean times (sometimes referred to as the AI Winters) where […]


why is Siri and Alexa so good but my automatic captions so bad

Why is Siri and Alexa so good, but my automatic captions so bad?

There seem to be new technologies and new implementations of existing technology every day. Video is also growing. 78% Of people are watching videos online every week, and it’s only going to increase. It’s estimated that 82% Of the world’s internet traffic will be video by 2022.   With these rapid advances in technology, combined […]


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Are big tech companies recording your conversations?

The chase for data and data security  It’s no secret that training machine learning models require substantial amounts of data. The same holds true for building and training models for speech recognition engines. Providers of speech recognition are constantly looking for data that can be used to train language models. However, it should always be […]


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4 benefits of voice to text technology for media companies

What is voice to text technology? The rise in machine learning and artificial intelligence has given power to the capabilities of voice to text technology like never before. Previously, the technology has been overlooked due to low accuracy levels and high prices. Now its application has become widespread and is becoming the go-to technology for […]


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4 uses of speech recognition technology for media companies

Speech recognition technology – an overview Speech recognition technology has been around for some time, with research going back to the 50s and 60s. It wasn’t until the 80s that modern systems started being used such as recurrent neural networks and Hidden Markov Models (HMMs). In fact, Speechmatics’ Founder, Dr Tony Robinson pioneered the approach […]


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Is artificial intelligence (AI) just a buzzword?

AI World AI ­– or artificial intelligence ­– has been a buzzword for the past few years, and we’re beginning to wonder if the industry is starting to tire of it. So, we headed to AI World in Boston to find out. Now in its fourth year, AI World Conference and Expo is the industry’s largest independent […]



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