Oct 19 AT 11:32 AM Brooks Barnard 7 Comments

Google posts fascinating short film about the science behind speech recognition

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!

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours Android modding and theming. He has a hot wife, is a father of three, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 6 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms and may or may not be rooted. You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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  • Eli Gaffke

    Thought it was hilarious in the video when the guy says ‘OK GOOGLE’ my phone picked it up and opened voice recognition.

  • Bart

    “We don’t communicate with those nearby us by writing or typing.” As logical as that sounds, sadly its not always true. I can be in another room in the same house and get a text from my wife that dinner is ready. We live in a very small house.

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      • Mix

        Damn you can’t edit comments?

        That kinda sucks but text her at the table to pass the pepper or something.

    • cristian vega

      That’s depressing

  • airidosas252

    Well, looks like the voice recognition is kind of very basic AI, which does understands certain commands or sentences. It is a fascinating concept.
    That’s why Android is a futuristic OS. It has a beautiful future coming…

  • George gorgeous

    I wish they would come up with a hyper realistic voice and emotion engine like the Her computer.. To read me books.