Superhuman speech recognition?
January 25, 2006
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Well, I got excited when I saw this article referenced on Slashdot: IBM Strives For “Superhuman” Speech Tech. It may be very good–and the Voicebox in-car technology looks similar to what we worked on at I/NET–but:
On their automatic translation software: “The software development kit (SDK) is available now, but no final products exist yet for consumers to purchase. A product will probably not be available to consumers for at least another 6 months, an IBM representative said.”
On their sort-of near real-time Arabic transcriber: “Don’t expect to tune it in during lunchtime, however; Roukos hinted that the price will to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
It turned out to be just a successful press release after all.