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“Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you.” That is likely Microsoft’s mantra, as its research wizards have reached a milestone in speech recognition, with a word error rate (WER) of just 5.9 percent. That figure itself is down from last month, when Microsoft’s speech recognition system stood at 6.3 percent WER. “We’ve reached human parity,” said Xuedong Huang, Microsoft’s chief speech scientist. “This is an historic achievement.” But things are little bit better than that;Microsoft admits that’s speech recognition system actually “makes the same or fewer errors” than professional transcriptionists. “Even five years ago, I wouldn’t have thought we could have achieved... Read more...
Visual voicemail is a wonderful thing...in theory. The idea of being able to read our voicemails in text form is both convenient and awesome, though in practice, it's not usual to stare at a jumble of words trying to figure out if the caller was drunk or if it was simply a poor transcription. Even Google is not shy of admitting that voicemail transcriptions in Google Voice at times "aren't completely intelligible," and at other times "are humorously intelligible."You may be thinking, 'Great, you've acknowledged the problem, Google, now fix it!' and the good news is you should see continued improvement in your transcribed voicemails. This is something Google has been actively working on, in part... Read more...