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Google's New Project Euphonia Aims To Improve Voice Recognition For People With Speech Impairments

Voice recognition technology has changed the way people interact with their phones, speakers, and more. However, it’s not accessible for everybody. At the first day of Google I/O , the company announced Project Euphonia , to look into how artificial intelligence can improve for those with speech impairments and other types of speech patterns. While speaking at I/O, TechCrunch reported that Google CEO Sundar Pichai said voice recognition technology currently doesn’t work for people with speech impairments because there isn’t enough data. To gather their own set of data, Google partnered with non-profit organizations ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) and ALS Residence Initiative (ALSRI) to record the voices of people who have ALS, “a neuro-degenerative condition that can result in the inability to speak and move.” “Our AI algorithms currently aim to accommodate individuals who speak English and have impairments typically associated with ALS, but we believe that our research...

Vanessa Taylor

May 8, 2019