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Sounds Familiar

After years of promise, voice recognition looks like a technology that might finally be coming of age. Peter Day reports.

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.]

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28 minutes

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Sun 6 Jan 2013 15:32GMT

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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