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How the Next Revolutionary App Works [Infographic]

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Voice recognition software has long appeared to be stuck in an awkward teenage phase of development. It sometimes presents itself as sophisticated and mature, ready to take control. Other times it's stubborn and anti-social, or simply naive. Because of its halfway-there functionality, we still fear having it sprung upon us in place of text commands or real human interaction. God forbid we have to use it in an elevator. 

But according to research by, creators of the infographic below, automatic speech recognition is finally about to blossom into full adulthood. Google, especially, has been pushing the format to a surprisingly sophisticated phase.
The Google Search by Voice function, standard on Android phones and introduced to the Chrome browser, now includes a 230 billion-word database. Vocal data is processed quickly via the Internet cloud. To continue building its database, Google is saving millions of comments and voices entered into Androids. (Yes, your voice may be on a server somewhere. Although the recordings are anonymous, the practice has raised ethical questions.) Earlier this spring, the company announced its android@home project, which will one day allow users to control appliances around the home from their smartphone.  And among this morning's Apple news not related to Steve Jobs, word came that voice recognition may soon be a key security feature on iPhones. Auto lip-reading can't be far behind.

So how does this application -- which has gone from Star-Trek plots to the local mall and may soon play a role in just about every task of daily life
(novel writing? driving? tax preparation?) --  actually work? This infographic by Medical Transcription breaks it down.

Speech Recognition
Created by: Medical Transcription
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