Tech Explained: Voice Recognition

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Voice-search enabled digital assistants like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa are quickly becoming the go-to search mode many people. In fact, consumer research firm ComScore has reported that by 2020, fully half of all searches will be voice searches. The voice recognition technology that allows voice searches has taken a long time to develop. Early researchers were hampered by the need for software that could cope with the wide variation in human speech, including differences in dialect, speed, emphasis, and gender. Until the 1990s, most voice recognition systems required the speaker to speak slowly and clearly, and were…

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