Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tim O'Reilly: Google Voice Search Key Technology

ReadWriteWeb reports Tim O'Reilly addressed attendees at the San Francisco Web 2.0 Expo this week, talking about key technologies for the Web >2.0. Voice search (Google iPhone App), he claimed was a tipping point in terms "sensor based interfaces".

While not the only vendor to provide voice search (i.e. Yahoo oneSearch powered by Vlingo) Google certainly seems ahead in the game in what appears to be a gradual unfolding of a broad voice strategy, such as Voice Search and recently rebranding a feature-enhanced GrandCentral as Google Voice. Future work on the voice front we can expect includes promotion of its own speech recognition capacities through Android, Google Gears bringing speech capacities to all browers, tighter integration of Gaudi (audio indexing) with other services and perhaps one day opening up voice services over APIs.

As I've previously pointed out, to Google voice is just another form of data, but what's slowly beginning to emerge is a central role for speech and voice technologies to play in coming developments for the web and how we search and interface with it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Language Technology April Fools

Just posting some gems from today concerning speech and language technology, such as natural language generation, speech recognition and natural language processing.

Have you found any others?