A Brief History of Speech Recognition's Glorious Retrofuture

In the two decades following World War II, it seemed there was no limit to technological growth. Sure, a computer was still the size of an entire room, and no one had telephones in their pockets. But techno-utopian ideas like flying cars and jetpacks and meal pills were all being taken very seriously as the inevitable… » 7/16/13 11:11am 7/16/13 11:11am

How Do Computers Understand Speech?

More and more, we can get computers to do things for us by talking to them. A computer can call your mother when you tell it to, find you a pizza place when you ask for one, or write out an email that you dictate. Sometimes the computer gets it wrong, but a lot of the time it gets it right, which is amazing when you… » 11/30/12 10:03am 11/30/12 10:03am

Reminder: All Your iPad Dictations Belong to Apple

Though the new iPad doesn't have Siri, it does have Dictation, which lets you dictate what you want to say to the email, notes, messages, and other apps. And like Siri, Dictation needs an internet connection in order to work, that's because Apple needs to send your phrases to its servers to make sense out of your… » 3/20/12 3:40pm 3/20/12 3:40pm

Dragon Dictate 2.0 For Mac Is a Better Listener Than Ever

Dragon Dictate 2.0 has roared onto OSX, harnessing a new and improved Dragon 11 engine and sporting a revamped UI. What that means for you is that it'll be easier (and more accurate) than ever to not only dictate text into your computer, but also edit documents, switch between programs, search Google, and plenty more.… » 9/20/10 11:46am 9/20/10 11:46am