Sunday, 10th September 2006
Search Briefs: Google's Speech Recognition Guru Speaks During 15 Minute Podcast Interview
Podcast: Interview with Google's Person in Charge of Speech Recognition
Google has been getting a bit of attention of late (what else is new) with talk (no pun intended) of voice fingerprinting and just this weekend with our post (Garett's too) about AdSense for TV. It's likely that some form of speech recognition technology would be used for these endeavors.
Here's a link to a new 15-minute interview (MP3) with Mike Cohen, head of Google's speech recog efforts. Also, remember that at one time Google Labs offered a voice recognition search tool (speak your search). Its been offline for several years, although the site is still live.
From the intro:
Although Google remains relatively mum about its ambitions in the area of speech recognition, Mike Cohen, head of the company's efforts in this area and a co-founder of Nuance Communications, says that speech recognition will increasingly play a bigger role in all Web-based applications going forward. But for developers to be successful in this space, they will need to get in touch with their inner persons more than ever if they hope to create applications that ordinary people will actually use.
If voice/speech recognition is of interest, here's a short list (very short, we could have gone on for pages) of many companies doing work in this and related areas
Long time player in the contact center and government marketplaces. Originally developed at Georgia St. University. What makes their technology different is that they break language down to phonetic sounds or phonemes (about 400 of them in all of spoken speech and about 40 in English). More here. All of this allows for faster and more accurate indexing and searching. Cool stuff.
The company Cohen came from.
+ Promptu Spoken Search
+ TellMe Networks
Around for many years and still offering some cool freebies. Works with any phone. 1-800-555-Tell
+ Technology from Autonomy's Virage. Used by Blinkx (for some content) and others.