Microsoft’s latest breakthrough can understand speech as well as a human

Microsoft announced today that it cracked the code on voice recognition, claiming its new system can recognize spoken words as accurately as if you’d heard it yourself.Engineers at Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research report that their automated voice recognition system has reached human parity – meaning it only makes as many mistakes recognizing words in a normal conversation as the average human being.In tests, the system only reached a word error rate of 5.9%, a figure the research team claims is on par, if not better, than professional transcript writers – making for a historic first in the development of artificial intelligence.“Even five years ago, I wouldn’t have thought we could have achieved this. I just wouldn’t have thought it would be possible,” said Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft…


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