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How machines' speech recognition capability has been evolving

In the rapidly developing technology of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), machines are "hearing" and understanding spoken language, and performing actions on verbal commands.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 2:16am

No more excuses for reverting to type

Are you a tour, or a type? (Sorry, that's not what I meant.) By your talk or a type? (No, not even close.) Are you a talker or a tighter?

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

read my lips

'Did you say Harriet?' asks the voice-dialling function on my phone in its calm Japanese-American accent. 'Henry,' I repeat, firmly.

'Did you say Helen?' the voice asks. I repeat myself. 'Did you say Herb?' 'Henry!' I yell and, before clicking the escape button, dissolve into a stream of four-letter words.

19 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Torturous software gets tongue-tied, twisted

Like many a veteran computer user, I have been talking to my PC for years. For once, I would like it to respond.

Due to a repetitive strain injury, I installed Dragon NaturallySpeaking6 speech-recognition software to avoid the trauma of repeatedly striking the keyboard.

25 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

Keyboard survives to type another day as words sound better than they print

Someday you will be able to talk to your computer as easily as you talk to another person, and it will respond to your commands - and that day may be sooner than you think.

Voice recognition software has come a long way since the era of cumbersome microphones and word-mangling software.

3 Oct 2000 - 12:00am