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
Kane Simms and Dustin Coates are joined by Claire Mitchell to Rundown the week’s conversational AI news.
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
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.
This week’s top stories:
Peak behind the curtain at Sony Music’s voice strategy and hear how it’s thinking about the future of music consumption. read more
Kane and Dustin are joined by guest co-host Claire Mitchell to run down the week’s top voice and conversational AI stories.
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
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
Andy Headington, CEO, Adido joins us to share how you can measure your voice search performance on Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. read more
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.