Working the Spoken Word

Notes from the field of speech recognition and spoken dialog technology, from Stephen Potter.

January, 2006

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    The tough problems of simplicity

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    A lot of commentaries on Bill Gates' keynote speech at CES yesterday quoted his closing statement on Microsoft's increasing investment in "the toughest problems", such as speech recognition. Here is the quotation with a little more context (from the transcript...
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    The view from the outside

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    A useful summary of the state of speech recognition in the enterprise was recently published by eweek (and elsewhere) in an article by Debra D'Agostino of Ziff Davis. The piece is entitled "Weak Speech Recognition Leaves Customers Cold", but the subtitle...
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    Audio search takes off

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    A number of stories about audio search products have appeared in the mainstream news in the last few days, and it's good to see this application of speech recognition technology gaining some traction. Audio mining will certainly take off as stored resources...
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    Microsoft Speech Technology Bloggers: update

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    I've updated an earlier post about the Microsoft people who blog about speech technologies into an article that I'll maintain from now on. Updates since that first post: Jay Waltmunson Jay is a Program Manager in the Speech and Natural Language...
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    From intelligent interfaces to unified communications

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    Speech Server is now a part of Anoop Gupta's new Unified Communications Group. There's a Q&A with Anoop here about the new group and its directions (which also brings the Exchange and Real Time Communications teams together) with his thoughts on how...
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    Write speech app, win stuff

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    This looks like fun - submit a speech application built with the Microsoft Speech Application SDK and you could win the Brooktrout Speech Server Starter Kit. All your app has to do is "something interesting, unique, and creative", so the floor is wide...
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    Speech Recognition: the healthy alternative

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    With slashdot relaying that the average PC keyboard has 250 times more bacteria than a toilet seat , the only healthy choice has got to be desktop SR. (I don't think the Swedish study compared microphone germs - has anyone done this?). But seriously...
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