Microsoft technology can now recognize speech as well as humans

Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research team members, from top left, back row: Wayne Xiong, Geoffrey Zweig, Frank Seide, front row, Xuedong Huang, Dong Yu, Mike Seltzer, Jasha Droppo and Andreas Stolcke. Photo by Dan DeLong In what it calls a “major breakthrough in speech recognition,” Microsoft has built technology that can decipher conversation as well as people can. A group of researchers and engineers with Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research team published a paper Monday on a computer system that makes about the same number of errors, or less, as professional transcriptionists. “We’ve reached human parity,” Xuedong Huang, the Microsoft’s chief speech scientist told the company blog. “This is an historic achievement.” That doesn’t mean the system is perfect, just that it didn’t make any more mistakes than humans. A person has a “word error…


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