Now You’re Talking!By Manjoo, Farhad; Slate,
Publication Date: April 6, 2011
Article outlines the development of speech recognition technology for Google’s Android cell phone. Android’s speech recognition software allows users to receive information via the Internet by speaking in a normal voice into the phone’s microphone. It also enables the user to dictate e-mail and text messages. Whereas speech recognition software such as that made by Dragon tends to be slow and use up a good portion of power in the user’s computer to decipher words, Google’s system offloads its processing to the Internet cloud. Voice input is sent to Google’s data center, where powerful servers apply statistical modeling to determine what is said. The speech recognition program gets its power by analyzing a vast trove of voice recordings stored by Google. To decipher speech, Google’s system also relies on a host of other data, including billions of written search queries that it uses to predict what the user is saying.
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Published by: Washington Post Company (Website:http://www.washpostco.com)
Link to text: http://www.slate.com/id/2290516/