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
Chief Technology Officer, Nuance
Editor, PC Pro magazine
Professor of Information Engineering, Cambridge University
Professor Timothy Dawson
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Director of Diagnostic Solutions Marketing, Nuance
Product Marketing Manager, Nuance
Speech Chief Technology Officer, IBM Research
Paul SaffoManaging Director, Foresight, Discern Analytics