Friday, November 09, 2012

Mandarin Within Reach

Amazing: Microsoft turns spoken English into spoken Mandarin – in the same voice
language translation that goes far past what we thought was currently possible...... has taken in oodles of data, and can thus have that translated Mandarin spoken. And the final kicker: he has fed the system an hour’s worth of his voice, and thus the software will speak in Mandarin, using his own tones. ..... Just over two years ago, researchers at Microsoft Research and the University of Toronto made another breakthrough. By using a technique called Deep Neural Networks, which is patterned after human brain behavior, researchers were able to train more discriminative and better speech recognizers than previous methods. ..... rather than having one word in 4 or 5 incorrect, now the error rate is one word in 7 or 8

This is incredible.

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