Stories by Ian Yates, Divina Paredes

Speak up, please!

The dreams of technologists for many years, or at least since the advent of sci-fi television programs, has been to engage in conversation with computers instead of typing at them. This has turned out to be harder to achieve than expected, and has been one of the things that prove just how smart we humans are, at least compared to our computers, which we often describe as high-speed morons.
Software that can be trained to accurately recognise the speech of a single speaker is now well advanced but the business benefits of that application are limited. We need our computers to be less particular about their choice of conversation partner.

Written by Ian Yates, Divina Paredes31 July 04 22:00