Former NASA figure unveils voice recognition

Dan Goldin is no stranger to launches. He oversaw 62 Space Shuttle liftoffs as the longest-serving NASA administrator. On Monday he presided over an entirely different sort of launch: two new products — a voice authentication technology and a neural computing chip architecture — following a decade of secretive research and development by his San Diego-based company, KnuEdge. Backed by $100 million from angel investors, KnuEdge is working on neural computing solutions, including hardware and software for machine learning. Voice recognition is the first problem the company has tried to address. KnuEdge’s voice authentication, which is being tested by several businesses including XL Catlin, the insurance and reinsurance company that’s part of Dublin-based XL Group, can recognize an individual’s voice even in extremely noisy environments that would stump most existing…


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