Speech and Sound: The Next "Killer Paradigm Shift"..?
Speech recognition could impact the business and at a variety of levels
May. 17, 2012 10:15 AM
There was a time, not so very long ago, when IT directors and chief information officers dismissed the Internet as something of a passing fad. Somehow though, things took off pretty well with the whole web thing didn't they? Mobile telephony has also grown to a level of dominance that we could never have predicted when it first started appearing around 30 years ago.
Then came the tablet... just another fad right? Well, the first few were, but then "Magic Steve" produced the tablet we all love and cherish didn't he? (OK yes - I know Android is doing well in this space too, you don't need to write in)... so what's coming next?
What Is Our Next Killer Paradigm?
What kind of sound? Our own spoken voice, recorded speech, random commentary, music, environmental recordings -- it's a long list and you can certainly add at least one of your own if you give it a moment's thought. Yes we can link to each other's podcasts already, but we are talking about a level beyond that.
The next tier for sound is allied to its close first cousin "speech" and both could (arguably) be about to move from the playground to the boardroom and therefore potentially move into the CIO's line of sight.
The Speech Steeplechase
Speech recognition companies, like Nuance that produces the Dragon NaturallySpeaking off-the-shelf product, see a future in several corporate deployment scenarios for their technology which is grounded in individual user suitability. The company is something of a market leader with manufacturers from HP to Apple to IBM all working with its technology.
According to Nuance, the human voice is described as an "incredibly rich, natural and efficient means of communication" - and the industry is now working to build solutions that enable computers, phones, tablets, automobiles, TVs and consumer electronics to understand the human voice, providing a "natural interface" between man and machine.
Speech recognition could impact the business and at a variety of levels:
How Does It Work? Nuance Explains...
The CIO's Central Message
Nuance VP Peter Mahoney has suggested that really robust industrial-grade speech recognition in the space-age style as depicted in Hollywood movies (or to give it its proper name - "robust natural language" technology) is not far off at all - and that we should see six to ten languages fully supported by this technology as soon as the end of this year.
It's not Star Trek quite yet, but we're close!
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This post was first published on the Enterprise CIO Forum.
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