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InfoWorld: IBM's latest for Linux is speech recognition, but is ViaVoice ready to do business?

Aug 27, 2000, 00:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Railsback)

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"IBM is making a strong push to fully support Linux. One interesting offering is its ViaVoice Dictation for Linux. It has been on the Windows platform for a while, and IBM recently decided to bring its speech recognition star to the Linux platform."

"I've always been interested in speech recognition technology. I'd love to write my stories while hiking or check e-mail while watching TV. The technology has come a long way in the past few years, with ever more accurate recognition and improved voice training. But it always seems that we're still a few steps away from truly useful speech recognition."

"Most people are disappointed when they try speech recognition for the first time. They expect sci-fi quality voice transcription levels of recognition that require no training or customization. But human speech is highly variable and inconsistent -- no two people speak the same words in exactly the same manner, and we often use context to infer the words and meanings in speech we hear."

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