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Microsoft shows off new speech recognition technology that converts a speaker's voice into another language

New Microsoft tech showed off is capable of converting speaker's voice into another language.

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Published Mon, Nov 12 2012 6:35 AM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:14 PM CDT

Rick Rashid, Microsoft's Chief Research Officer, has recently shown off a new speech recognition technology that converts a speaker's voice into a completely different language. The example used in the video below converts Rashid's English words into computer-generated Chinese language. Rashid took to a blog post, explaining:

Though it was a limited test, the effect was dramatic, and the audience came alive in response. When I spoke in English, the system automatically combined all the underlying technologies to deliver a robust speech to speech experience-my voice speaking Chinese. You can see the demo in the video above. The results are still not perfect, and there is still much work to be done, but the technology is very promising, and we hope that in a few years we will have systems that can completely break down language barriers.

Rashid also adds:

In other words, we may not have to wait until the 22nd century for a usable equivalent of Star Trek's universal translator.

Now that is some cool tech! Microsoft could really have something here for smart devices...

Microsoft shows off new speech recognition technology that converts a speaker's voice into another language | TweakTown.com

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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