Custom Dictionary – the technical edit

I am sure we can all remember a time when we misheard something and requested it to be repeated or perhaps just guessed what was said and carried on. Well, computers are no different, except in many cases, there is no possibility to ask for things to be repeated. When you guessed what was said, […]

10/04/2018

Talking vs typing. What does the future hold for speech?

It is clear that we’re living in a speech revolution, with the advent of Virtual Personal Assistants (VPAs – or more commonly recognised as Siri and Alexa) allowing us to communicate with our computers and phones more efficiently through our own voices. But will talking ever overtake typing? Some experts think it will, and sooner […]

22/03/2018

Automatic speech-to-text service without the hassle

Why are speech-to-text services hard to use? I came across a blog from Luis Quintanilla where he produced a console app to transcribe podcasts using the Microsoft Speech API. The thing that instantly struck me was the hoops that he had to jump though to transcribe the podcast. The app had to: Transcode the audio […]

20/02/2018

What if your accent didn’t matter?

With the voice revolution upon us there is more controversy than ever around voice and speech recognition technologies. Virtual Personal Assistants – or VPAs – are the most widely adopted consumer products using short form voice recognition technology but they have been criticised lately for several reasons. I want to focus on one key issue […]

16/02/2018

Zero to ASR in 3 simple steps

Like many people you may have assumed that deploying your own speech recognition system is difficult and complex, but it’s time to rethink that. Speechmatics is a leading ASR provider and we are making deploying a complete automatic speech recognition system about as simple as it can get, giving you back control and the freedom […]

13/12/2017

What to expect as a new starter at Speechmatics

Starting a new job is daunting for everyone. The nerves for me kick in well in advance of day one with even the most simple of everyday tasks requiring much unnecessary planning, for example leaving double the journey time on day one to make sure I arrive on time, only sit in the car park […]

11/12/2017

Supporting the growth of emerging markets

India is considered to be one of the largest emerging markets across the globe. With an expected 7.2% growth for 2017 and 7.7% for 2018 as explained by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and the 2nd largest population in the world. With 521,000,000 Hindi speakers as their primary language (as of 2016 report) we decided to […]

15/06/2017

What does AI and machine learning actually mean?

I recently read an article on how language led to the Artificial Intelligence revolution and the evolution of machine learning and it got me thinking. To start it’s good to know and understand what we are talking about. Wikipedia says ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, the field of AI research defines itself as the study […]

07/06/2017

How big is the gap between academic and commercial speech recognition systems?

Speech recognition has been making a lot of noise in the last few years, both academically and commercially. Let’s begin with commercial. Many big companies have begun launching their own voice assistants, such as Apple Siri, Microsoft Cortana, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Speech is the biggest form of communication used by humans but due […]

02/06/2017

Unlocking the power of machine learning

Machine learning is the cornerstone of many technologies we use every day; without it we would be interacting with computers as we did 20 years ago – using them to compute things. With the advent of more powerful processors, we can harness this computing power and enable the machines to start to learn for themselves. […]

27/04/2017

     

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