English Leads In Speech Recognition, But Not For Long


There are as many as 1.5 billion English speaking people in the world, including those who speak English as a second language. That may sound like a lot, but that means four out of every five people do not speak English. Therefore, any speech recognition or natural language technology that is built primarily for English speakers will be missing out on 5.9 billion potential customers. That is a big opportunity; but with 6,500 spoken languages still in use throughout the world, it is also a very big challenge. Speech technology has solid roots in American research.

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