Essay on Speech Recognition

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Speech recognition is the process by which the computer uses special software that enables the computer to take in what is said by a specific human or humans and be able to translate it in computer language so that the computer could now act on the instructions given to it. Just like clicking with your mouse, typing on your keyboard, or pressing a key on the phone keypad provides input to an application, speech recognition allows you to provide input by talking. Speech is basically just another user interface, an input method, like using a mouse or a keyboard. According to Webster Speech recognition is simply, it “converts spoken words to text”. If you are not familiar with the term speech recognition it goes by other terms such as …show more content…
Speech recognition has different starting points and evolutions. It is assumed that the technology began with Alexander Graham Bell’s inventions in the 1870s. Bell and his cousins invented a recording device and then later so did Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison invented a similar device which he called “Ediphone”. These machines recorded dictation of letters for a secretary to type. This was a step in the direction of a machine that could automatically transcribe the sound of a human voice. Since the time of Bell and Edison various technologies have emerged that has moved speech recognition along. In the 1990s The Cambridge University invented the most widely used software for automatic speech recognition research. The goal of many researchers is to develop a machine that performs and responds like a human being. For now, the technology is used in providing telephone support, writing medical reports, answering financial questions and in a variety of tasks requiring a human to machine interface, such as providing updated travel information, stock quotes and weather reports. The advances from the initial systems have been phenomenal; researchers say that most speech recognition software can perform with 90 to 95 percent accuracy.

Speech recognition and voice recognition are two terms that are frequently used and to most people the terms are interchangeable. However, the use of these two

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