Speech Recognition Using Artificial Neural Networks

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Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting startling gains in fields as diverse as computer vision, speech recognition and the identification of promising new molecules for designing drugs.

The advances have led to widespread enthusiasm among researchers who design software to perform human activities like seeing, listening and thinking. They offer the promise of machines that converse with humans and perform tasks like driving cars and working in factories, raising the specter of automated robots that could replace human workers.

The technology, called deep learning, has already been put to use in services like Apple’s Siri virtual personal assistant, which is based on Nuance Communications’ speech recognition service, and in Google’s Street View, which uses machine vision to identify specific addresses.

But what is new in recent months is the growing speed and accuracy of deep-learning programs, often called artificial neural networks or just “neural nets” for their resemblance to the neural connections in the brain.

“There has been a number of stunning new results with deep-learning methods, ” said Yann LeCun, a computer scientist at New York University who did pioneering research in handwriting recognition at Bell Laboratories. “The kind of jump we are seeing in the accuracy of these systems is very rare indeed.”

Source: AboutAI

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Until the change, foreign tourists visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, south-west of Delhi, could enter by paying a fixed $5 (�2.45) fee ? a price that was set when the dollar was worth around R50. But with the dollar having fallen by 12 per cent this year against the rupee and the current exchange rate closer to R39 to the dollar, the government has now fixed the entry price for foreigners at R250 ? more than $6.

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Basically, the technology sector might be dead at the moment but it will certainly not be going anywhere. Technology has been fundamentally ingrained into our lives at this point.
Do you really think there will be no more servers here? Do you really think nobody here would maintain them? Do you really think all design will be outsourced? How about programming?
When you say IT is going overseas you are probably correct when it comes to application development. Will there be no need for developers here? Never. There are people employed with IT jobs right now that have not had a pay cut (I know some). When it comes to outsourcing there are a million considerations you are not taking into account. Any person familiar with economics would point out that there are really not that...

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