Microsoft Demonstrates Speech Recognition Breakthrough for the Spoken, Translated Word


RickRashid Microsoft Research Speech Recognition

There are exciting advancements being made in the area of speech recognition. There’s Nuance Communications doing exciting things with Apple’s Siri and the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software.

And then there’s exciting work coming out of Microsoft Research, who has made a speech recognition breakthrough for the spoken, translated word.

In the video below, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid demonstrates a speech recognition breakthrough via live machine translation that converts his spoken English words into computer-generated Chinese spoken language, in a voice that even mimics Mr Rashid’s voice. Very impressive.

The breakthrough is patterned after deep neural networks and significantly reduces errors in spoken as well as written translation.

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