Microsoft researchers achieve speech recognition milestone

by Volker Weber

Microsoft researchers have reached a milestone in the quest for computers to understand speech as well as humans. Xuedong Huang, the company’s chief speech scientist, reports that in a recent benchmark evaluation against the industry standard Switchboard speech recognition task, Microsoft researchers achieved a word error rate (WER) of 6.3 percent, the lowest in the industry. ... This past weekend, at Interspeech, an international conference on speech communication and technology held in San Francisco, IBM said it has achieved a WER of 6.6 percent. Twenty years ago, the error rate of the best published research system had a WER of greater than 43 percent.

The advances in speech recognition are simply amazing. And I have actually tried it (more than) 20 years ago.

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I thought about this video regarding the Alexa in german start but it maybe also fits here: Scottish Voice Recognition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FFRoYhTJQQ
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