Microsoft Speech Recognition Achieves ‘Human Parity’

A “historic” landmark in artificial intelligence research has been reached by Microsoft, which has announced a new speech recognition technology that it claims is the first to be on par with humans. Details of the software were published this week in a paper titled ‘Achieving Human Parity in Conversational Speech Recognition,’ authored by engineers at Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research. Sign up Sign up to our daily newsletter for up to date global news and features. “We’ve reached human parity,” said Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist. “This is a historic achievement.” Microsoft claims its new speech recognition software has reached parity with humans but still isn’t perfect. Microsoft/ YouTube Harry Shum, who heads the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research group, added: “Even five years ago, I wouldn’t have thought we…


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