Speech recognition is the ability of a computer to identify and understand words in the spoken language and follow instructions from a user. The technology is used to replace traditional methods of input such as typing, clicking or selecting in other ways, and is a means to make devices and software more user-friendly and to increase productivity. Today, speech recognition is widely used in areas such as the smart speaker and smart home, mobile devices, and in-car systems. Speech recognition is a subfield of AI and is benefited from advances in machine learning and big data, which are used to increase the accuracy of the speech recognition models.
Over the last several years, speech recognition technology has been applied to many consumer devices. It makes a huge impact on people’s lives but is still some distance from realizing its true potential. However, with the advancement of artificial intelligence technology, we can expect to see people interact with machines as comfortable as they do with other people.