Remember C-3PO, the talking human like robot from the Star Wars Saga? The gold plated Tin humanoid could just do anything that he was told to. Most importantly, he could understand languages and respond, that too in over six million forms of communication. Six million forms might still be a far fetched goal, but the possibility of a total hands-free vocal control and operation over cognitive machines beckons the scientists and the corporate.
Representational Image Showing Speech Recognition Technology
Speech Recognition technology refers to the recognition of human speech by computers and then performing a voice initiated program or function. The challenge that is handled so easily by the human brain, of interpreting speech amidst all accents, pitch, tone, articulation, nasality, vocalizations and pronunciation is a challenge when a computer tries to do it. Moreover, the natural voice generation process in humans is a non-linear process which is not only under conscious control but is subject to variations based on factors as diverse as gender, upbringing or the emotional condition. This pattern is further distorted by the presence of noise and echoes in the surrounding environment.