The new Speech Accessibility Project brings together five technology companies to bring voice recognition to those with non-standard speech patterns. Rather than work separately, all five companies are joining forces to improve voice recognition
Google announced that it is joining the Speech Accessibility Project in order to help develop advanced speech recognition systems that can serve the needs of people with impaired speech.
Speech recognition is used to access websites, speech translation, voice assistants and for operating devices.
But it can be difficult for voice activated devices and services to work if a user’s speech pattern is affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or Down Syndrome, among other reasons.
The project aims to change that situation with the creation of a project that brings together five technology companies that can work together to solve the challenge of making speech recognition work for those with non-standard speech patterns.
The project will first work with English and then expand to other languages.
The Speech Accessibility Project website explained:
“…without diverse, representative data, ML models cannot learn how to understand a diversity of speech. This project aims to change that by creating the dataset needed to more effectively train these machine learning models.”
New Project to Advance Accessibility
The Speech Accessibility Project is a new program by the University of Illinois and five technology companies that are...
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