Google started life in 1996 as a search engine that helped us to better explore the Internet with our computers. Fast forward to 2014, and we know Google is pioneering the science behind making it easier to get the information we want in our hands via voice recognition. We don’t communicate with those nearby us by writing or typing, why should we have to type on our devices to get answers to our questions?
In a short film posted by Google on YouTube, the company shares with us many of the challenges they face with speech recognition and language understanding. Our complex brains can automatically perform so many amazing processes that a toddler can learn to understand speech and speak themselves, but it’s a difficult engineering problem to teach a computer to do it. In this very well done video, Google shares with us these challenges and some of the breakthroughs made to improve the technology.
As engineer myself, I find it fascinating to learn about the history, science and progress made with speech recognition. I use speech recognition all the time with my Android Wear watch and Google Now. I really appreciate the technology in how it is making information transfer easier and even safer in some situations. Do you use speech recognition often? Do you find the science behind it as fascinating as I do? Am I just a huge nerd? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!