Speech recognition

Amazon’s Alexa boss Dave Limp on privacy concerns
Amazon’s head of Alexa, Dave Limp, tells the BBC why his team is researching how to make the voice assistant understand emotion.

Accessibility of Spoken Interfaces - Leonie Watson

Léonie Watson

Director, TetraLogical

Léonie Watson takes us through the history and potential future of talking technology.
A voice assistant to take breakfast orders
A Colorado restaurant is attempting to use a voice assistant to take breakfast orders in their drive-through.

The City Speaks

Laura Elsworthy tests out the interactive artwork that is learning to speak Hullensian.
At the estuary's edge, where the city meets the mouth of the Humber River, actor Laura Elsworthy joins acclaimed artist Michael Pinsky next to his gigantic interactive artwork. 'The City Speaks' uses voice recognition software to captures the public's words and transcribes them into huge text. The speaker can then watch their words scroll twenty metres overhead across the Humber's tidal surge barrier. Michael wanted to create a platform for the city to raise its voice, but to do that, first it has to 'learn' Hullensian. Laura tests out some of her best Hull slang into the artwork. 

In this programme Laura premieres her response to Pinsky's artwork, a monologue in which she reflects upon growing up in Hull. Laura remembers people telling her she would never make it as an actor with an accent, especially from somewhere so disconnected and remote. Joined by some of Hull's heroes and artists; Jean Bishop aka The Bee Lady, Yvonne Blenkinsop, the last of the 'Headscarf Revolutionaries', and the award winning young playwright Tom Wells, Laura discovers why being from Hull has made her the unique and determined actor she is today.

Presenter: Laura Elsworthy
Producer: Claire Press.