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Speech Recognition, Cheap and Easy

Posted by rjbiii on October 3, 2007

Web Worker Daily gives us the scoop:

Speech recognition has been positioned as the holy grail of computing for decades, but many people have found the off-the-shelf software solutions too prone to inaccuracies. That’s really changed with some of the newer products, though, and I’m now regularly using a digital voice recorder and Dragon Naturally Speaking software to do very accurate transcriptions of interviews and even television and radio segments, videocast segments and podcasts. If you spend a fair amount of time writing—even just writing e-mails—it’s worth looking into how accurate speech recognition is now.

Much of article, and the comments, focused on the promise of “faster than realtime” processing.

A comment made by one reader was intriguing:

Within 12 months, Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University believes he will have a system that can recognise 5,000 to 10,000 words in five to 10 times faster than real time… cool!

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