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Designing natural conversations with IBM’s Bob Moore

Designing natural conversations with IBM’s Bob Moore 1800 1200 Kane Simms

Kane and Dustin speak to author and researcher, Bob Moore, about his book Conversational UX Design and how to use conversation analysis techniques to create more natural conversational experiences. read more

The Rundown: The Webby Awards bring synthetic tears

The Rundown: The Webby Awards bring synthetic tears 1800 1200 Kane Simms

Kane Simms and Dustin Coates are joined by Claire Mitchell to Rundown the week’s conversational AI news.

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What is text-to-speech and how does it work with Niclas Bergström

What is text-to-speech and how does it work with Niclas Bergström 1800 1200 Kane Simms

When Alexa talks, it’s using text-to-speech. Niclas Bergström join us to lift the curtain and tell us what’s actually happening under the hood when voice assistants talk.  read more

The Rundown: Talking volcanos finding gaps you can Read Along to

The Rundown: Talking volcanos finding gaps you can Read Along to 1800 1200 Kane Simms

Kane Simms, Dustin Coates and Claire Mitchell Rundown this week’s top stories in voice technology including listening to volcanos with speech technology and how Google’s helping kids learn to read.

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This week’s top stories:

Google’s Read Along 

Vernacular.ai raises $5.1 million led by Exfinity Ventures, Kalaari Capital

HR AI system, Paradox AI gets 40m funding for replacing the ‘boring’ jobs

ConverseNow has closed a $3.25 million seed funding round led by Bala Investments

Omilia, a conversational artificial intelligence platform developer, has raised $20 million in a funding round led by Grafton Capital

Getting the tone right – automated copy generation has to be retrained in a time of crisis

Stores may use voice assistants to transform shopping, retail consultant says

In a world fearful of touch, voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri are making our lives easier

Startup adjusts medical voice assistant for a Zoom world

France launches AI voice assistant to help coronavirus patients

Katy Perry announces new album on Alexa

Spirent approved to test AVS products

How speech recognition techniques are helping to predict volcanoes’ behaviour

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Learn guitar on Google Assistant

Voice at Sony Music with Dennis Kooker and Achim Matthes

Voice at Sony Music with Dennis Kooker and Achim Matthes 1800 1200 Kane Simms

Peak behind the curtain at Sony Music’s voice strategy and hear how it’s thinking about the future of music consumption. read more

The Rundown: Talking elevators and clever Blenders

The Rundown: Talking elevators and clever Blenders 1800 1200 Kane Simms

Voice technology for kids with Dr. Patricia Scanlon

Voice technology for kids with Dr. Patricia Scanlon 1800 1200 Kane Simms

Dustin and Kane are joined by Dr. Patricia Scanlon, CEO SoapBox Labs, to discuss why dedicated speech technology for kids is so important and the huge opportunity to do good things with it. read more

Ethical conversation design with Microsoft’s Deborah Harrison

Ethical conversation design with Microsoft’s Deborah Harrison 1800 1200 Kane Simms

What is ethical conversation design? Why is it important? And what can we do to design conversations more responsibly? Join Deborah Harrison, Cortana’s first writer, to find out. read more

Voice search: how to measure your ‘share of voice’ with Andy Headington

Voice search: how to measure your ‘share of voice’ with Andy Headington 1800 1200 Kane Simms

Andy Headington, CEO, Adido joins us to share how you can measure your voice search performance on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. read more

What is automatic speech recognition and how does it work? With Catherine Breslin

What is automatic speech recognition and how does it work? With Catherine Breslin 1400 933 Kane Simms

Dive deep into one of the core technologies that underpins the voice assistants you know and love, with one of the world’s leading speech recognition experts, Catherine Breslin.



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What is speech recognition and how does it work?

Automatics speech recognition (also known as ASR) is a suite of technology that takes audio signals containing speech, analysis it and converts it into text so that it can be read and understood by humans and machines. It’s the technology that makes voice assistants like Amazon Alexa able to understand what a user says.

There’s obviously a whole lot more to it that than, though. So, in today’s episode, we’re speaking to one of the most knowledgable and experienced speech recognition minds the world has to offer, Catherine Breslin, about just exactly what’s going on under the hood of automatic speech recognition technology and how it actually works.

Catherine Breslin studied speech recognition at Cambridge, before working on speech recognition systems at Toshiba and eventually on the Amazon Alexa speech recognition team where she met the Godfather of Alexa, Jeff Adams. Catherine then joined Jeff at Cobalt Speech where she currently creates bespoke speech recognition systems and voice assistants for organisations.

In this episode, you’ll learn how one of the fundamental voice technologies works, from beginning to end. This will give you a rounded understanding of automatic speech recognition technology so that, when you’re working on voice applications and conversational interfaces, you’ll at least know how it’s working and then be able to vet speech recognition systems appropriately.

Links

Visit Cobalt Speech

Read the Cobalt Speech blog

Follow Catherine Breslin on Twitter

Listen to Jeff Adams, Founder of Cobalt discuss the Alexa origin story