Speech NUI with Zig Serafin

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Zig Serafin is the General Manager of Speech at Microsoft. This is a new group that combines all the different areas of speech across Microsoft products into a central group. He joined us to talk about speech as a Natural User Interface and some of the challenges and benefits of speech interface. There is more to speech recognition than simple commands and Zig's group is working on natural language processing that allows our computers to understand, predict, and infer what exactly we're saying to them.

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      CKurt

      I would like to know more about how do you handle Different Lancuages ?

       

      Bing Translate does sort of automaticly identify the source language, but do you? Are you even working on getting French or Japanese to work with the same platform?

       

      If the platform want's to learn don't only learn english otherwize you'll always have a 'catch up' manouvre to do to other languages. Why for example is Speech Recognistion disabled in non Enlish versions of Win 7 ?

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      LarryLarsen

      I've got another interview with the speech group that I'll be putting up this week that goes a little deeper, but I don't believe we hit on your questions. I'm going to be getting together with the group again soon, I'll find out for you. 

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      Sven Groot

      Why for example is Speech Recognistion disabled in non Enlish versions of Win 7 ?

      It's only disabled in those version for which there isn't a recognizer provided. For example, the Japanese version has speech recognition because MS did develop a Japanese recognizer. I think they did French too (definitely not Dutch, unfortunately).

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      CKurt

      Thx Larry! Looking forward to hearing more about the subject! Also much applied to forward my question!

       

      Sven, thx for that info. But I speak english so why not use it on my dutch pc (altough I can understand this might be confusing for some consumer).

       

      It would be nice if I could teach my computer Dutch for the benefit off all!

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      Favoripartn​er

      It would be nice if I could teach my computer Dutch for the benefit off all!

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