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Believe it or not, Microsoft is making this into reality
Microsoft has made a major breakthrough in speech recognition, it has created a technology that can recognize the words in a conversation as well as a person does.
A team of researchers and engineers in Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research reported a speech recognition system that makes the same or fewer errors than professional transcriptions. It was reported that, a word error rate (WER) of 5.9 %, down from the 6.3 % WER the team reported just last month.
The 5.9 % error rate is about equal to that of human conversational error rate and it’s the lowest ever recorded against the industry standard Switchboard speech recognition task.
Now for the first time a computer can recognize the words in a conversation as well as a person would.
“Even five years ago, I wouldn’t have thought we could have achieved this. I just wouldn’t have thought it would be possible,” said Harry Shum, the executive vice president who heads the Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research group
“This accomplishment is the culmination of over twenty years of effort,” said Geoffrey Zweig, who manages the Speech & Dialog research group.
It’s good, but not perfect
The achievement doesn’t mean that the computer recognized every word perfectly. In fact, even humans don’t do that, either. Instead, it means that the error rate – or the rate at which the computer misheard a word like “have” for “is” or “a” for “the” – is the same as you’d expect from a person hearing the same conversation.
Ladder for Success
The ladder which got the researchers over the top, was the use of neural language models in which words are represented as continuous vectors in space, and words like “fast” and “quick” are close together.
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