Machine language: Computers are on the brink of mastering speech recognition

Computers are very close to understanding what you’re saying as well as another human could, even if they don’t yet know what you’re talking about. “Speech recognition is really close to reaching parity with humans, in the next three years,” Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s Chief Speech Scientist, told techradar pro. “If we can achieve this goal it will be a major landmark for civilisation. Language is only something we humans understand and master. The moment a computer can transcribe your conversation over the phone almost as accurately as humans is a major landmark for AI.” And for the typical conversation over the phone, he believes we’ll get there in three years – at least in terms of recognising what’s being said. “Transcription is different from understanding; understanding is a different story,”…


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