Nowadays speed is extremely important, regardless of your line of work, and listening to voicemail when you have a lot of it can prove to be quite a tedious task that takes up a lot of time. This is why Google added a voicemail transcript service to its Google Voice program, so as to enable people to read through their voicemail, all so that they could do it faster.
However useful the feature proved to be to users, the amount of errors that occurred in the voice recognition process was enormous and it led to a lot of awkward situations, when the Google program changed the meaning of the voicemail to absolute gibberish.
This is why Google has decided to fix this problem and it appointed this task to its brightest minds, that have come up with a state of the art solution that is supposed to reduce the error rate by a whopping 49%, thus making Google Voice’s transcript feature a high quality one.
The high-tech technology that the Google experts have come up with is called “long short-term memory deep recurrent neural networks” and it is most likely designed to greatly enhance the program’s ability to remember the words in the voicemail. Considering that the majority of voicemail is only one to several minutes long, the program is designed to record a high number of words for short periods of time, rather than for longer periods of time.
It is essentially concentrating on getting as many words as possible at a high level, that it would otherwise not be able to keep up for long. Then, the program transforms these recordings into written data that it renders to the recipient.
According to Gizmondo, the neural network system deduces the words in the voicemail by identifying the vowels in the word and the sounds that correspond to various vowel combinations. Once it has the words, the program can use certain layers to deduce the phrases and then finally render a fairly accurate written version of the voicemail.
It remains to be seen just how effective the upgraded Google Voice transcript feature will be when faithful users begin to put it in use and if it truly can do a better job than the old annoying version. 49% is a pretty bold improvement quota and Goolge Voice users are curious to find out whether or not the feature can rise to these high stakes it is bragging about.
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