Guest Column | October 18, 2013

Think Voice Recognition is Stupid? Ask a Doctor

There’s some truth to David Wheeler’s recent statement that, “Voice recognition will always be stupid.” For a “stupid” technology though, it continues to make headlines with the likes of Facebook’s recent purchase of a player in the space, Mobile Technologies. Nonetheless, voice recognition technology, while clearly advancing over the last decade, still has its limitations and imperfections today. The real value of voice recognition is not in its standalone capabilities but what this type of technology is capable of when layered with language understanding and artificial intelligence. What’s clearly not “stupid,” is the idea that fusing these three technologies will create an intelligent system – or, put simply, a system that is conversational and able to understand our actual intent.


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