Microsoft reaches ‘human parity’ with new speech recognition system

Researchers at Microsoft have announced a ‘major breakthrough’ in speech recognition. The company has created a technology that recognizes the words in a conversation, just as well as a person does. The team is calling it ‘human parity’ and plans to use this technology in its personal voice assistant Cortana along with its speech-to-text transcription software. The team at Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research has reported a speech recognition system that makes the same or fewer errors than professional transcriptionists. These researchers reported a word error rate (WER) of 5.9 percent, down from the 6.3 percent WER the team reported just last month. However, this research doesn’t imply that the computer will recognize every word perfectly. But then, nor do we! According to the company, it means that the error…


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