Talking to computers was primarily the stuff of science fiction just a few years ago. But from Siri on the iPhone to Amazon’s new Echo devices, speech recognition is beginning to make its way into our daily lives. However, the technology may not work as seamlessly as we see in the movies, especially when complex commands and users with thick accents are involved. But as researchers improve computers’ ability to hear our voices and understand language, the potential applications are endless. We talk with experts about exactly how our devices know what we’re saying and how that technology can shape the future.


  • Judith Klavans Recently retired from the federal Office of the Director of National Intelligence; Researcher at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
  • Jerome Pesenti Vice President of Core Technology, IBM Watson
  • Kenn Harper Senior Director for Devices, Nuance Communications

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