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The voice in the machine : building computers that understand speech

Author: Roberto Pieraccini
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012.
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An examination of more than sixty years of successes and failures in developing technologies that allow computers to understand human spoken language.
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Pieraccini, Roberto, 1955-
Voice in the machine.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2011030566
(OCoLC)742306009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roberto Pieraccini
ISBN: 9780262301534 0262301539 128049915X 9781280499159
OCLC Number: 784953196
Description: 1 online resource (xxviii, 325 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Humanspeak --
The speech pioneers --
Artificial intelligence versus brute force --
The power of statistics --
There is no data like more data --
Let's have a dialog --
An interlude at the end of the chain --
Becoming real --
The business of speech --
The future is not what it used to be.
Responsibility: Roberto Pieraccini.

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An examination of more than sixty years of successes and failures in developing technologies that allow computers to understand human spoken language.

"Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey famously featured HAL, a computer with the ability to hold lengthy conversations with his fellow space travelers. More than forty years later, we have advanced computer technology that Kubrick never imagined, but we do not have computers that talk and understand speech as HAL did. Is it a failure of our technology that we have not gotten much further than an automated voice that tells us to "say or press 1"? Or is there something fundamental in human language and speech that we do not yet understand deeply enough to be able to replicate in a computer? In The Voice in the Machine, Roberto Pieraccini examines six decades of work in science and technology to develop computers that can interact with humans using speech and the industry that has arisen around the quest for these technologies. He shows that although the computers today that understand speech may not have HAL's capacity for conversation, they have capabilities that make them usable in many applications today and are on a fast track of improvement and innovation. Pieraccini describes the evolution of speech recognition and speech understanding processes from waveform methods to artificial intelligence approaches to statistical learning and modeling of human speech based on a rigorous mathematical model--specifically, Hidden Markov Models (HMM). He details the development of dialog systems, the ability to produce speech, and the process of bringing talking machines to the market. Finally, he asks a question that only the future can answer: will we end up with HAL-like computers or something completely unexpected?"

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This is a fascinating tour of the development of modern speech technologies and applications...A wonderful historical account of the growth of speech technology. Choice

 
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