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Sounds Familiar

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 03 January 2013

After years of promise, voice recognition is at last becoming a significant method of using computers and accessing the Internet. Why now, and what difference does it make? Peter Day talks to the companies at the forefront of developments in the field (including Massachusetts-based Nuance, one of the largest makers of voice recognition technology), and asks whether our relationship with machines will change once we have the ability to talk to them.
[Picture: The IBM Shoebox, introduced in 1962, could understand 16 words: zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, minus, plus, subtotal, total, false, and off.].

  • Contributors to this programme

    Vlad Sejnoha

    Chief Technology Officer, Nuance


    Barry Collins

    Editor, PC Pro magazine


    Steve Young

    Professor of Information Engineering, Cambridge University


    Professor Timothy Dawson

    Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


    Barbara Dumery

    Director of Diagnostic Solutions Marketing, Nuance


    Sean McGrath

    Product Marketing Manager, Nuance


    David Nahamoo

    Speech Chief Technology Officer, IBM Research


    Paul Saffo

    Managing Director, Foresight, Discern Analytics



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