Machines are a large part of our world, just not in the post-apocalyptic sense. Don't believe me? Take a quick count of how many iDevices, Android, handheld, or other systems you own. I bet it's more than you thought. I myself own two laptops, a smartphone, a tablet, and an "intelligent" thermostat. The first thing machines need is advanced speech-to-text, what we humans like to call "ears". Machines need to be able to recognize the sounds coming at them, and differentiate between human sounds and other sounds. Then they need to understand the words themselves, and transcribe them to text with extreme accuracy. There's a ton of software out there like Apple's Siri, Nuance, Voci, and more, that already do this very well.
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Posted Nov 11, 2013