The Future is Voice Activated: A Look into AI Voice Recognition in China
Stand in any crowded place in a major Chinese city, and you’ll notice something unusual. Whereas in most places, people will be texting on their phones, in China it’s the opposite: most people will be sending voice notes for all sorts of things.
This technology isn’t just for casual consumption, either. Chinese call centers use voice synthesis technology to generate automated replies, court systems rely on the software to transcribe lengthy proceedings, and Didi, a popular Chinese ride-sharing app, uses it to broadcast orders to drivers.
Voice technology, voice recognition and human speech AI is miles ahead in east Asian countries than in the west. The $55-billion voice recognition industry has been forecast to grow at an annual rate of 17% from 2018 to 2025. The speech and voice recognition market is dominated by artificial intelligence based software, with a 71% market share in 2017, and is expected to grow at at an astronomical rate of almost 30% in the same period.
voice recognition (speaker recognition)
Voice or speaker recognition is the ability of a machine or program to receive and interpret dictation or to understand and carry out spoken commands. Voice recognition has gained prominence and use with the rise of AI and intelligent assistants, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.
Voice recognition systems enable consumers to interact with technology simply by speaking to it, enabling hands-free requests, reminders and other simple tasks.