With the (relatively) recent launches of Siri, Alexa and Google Voice, speech recognition has finally moved beyond just being a way to annoy call centre customers.
Over fifty years of research have gone into getting us to this point. Why did it take so long? And how much do these systems really understand?
We’ll take a look at the history of speech recognition research, the breakthroughs that made current systems so powerful, and possible future applications of the technology.