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21 December, 2021 - 22:43 By Tony Quested

Speechmatics and Personal.ai to transform capture of voice memories

A Cambridge UK and US alliance has pledged to wipe out bias in speech recognition technology. 

Speechmatics and San Diego-based Personal.ai cite a recent study of Google’s automatically-generated captioning technology which finds that the output was 13 per cent more accurate for male speakers over female speakers. 

The technology from the new partners empowers users to never forget their conversations, spoken notes, reminders, details of what they said during a meeting and more – regardless of the dialect of English they use or accent they carry.

Personal.ai captures and transcribes the unique voice of its creators through Sync Speech, storing memories we otherwise forget. Wrapped in an intuitive messaging interface, these groundbreaking personal AIs, secured by blockchain technology, can recall any piece of spoken information their owners may have forgotten – augmenting the memory capacity of the human mind that normally forgets approximately 80 per cent of experiences. 

Now with Speechmatics’ industry-leading Autonomous Speech Recognition technology, personal AI creators can be certain their memories are recorded with heightened accuracy.

Both Speechmatics and Personal.ai have made significant advancements in 2021 to make their technologies more inclusive and accessible. 

Already supporting 31 global languages, Speechmatics recently launched its new breakthrough technology that uses the latest techniques in deep learning and self-supervised models to take its accuracy to the next level. 

Speechmatics claims that with this advancement, the technology continues to outperform Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft – moving the company forward in its mission to understand all voices. 

In January, Personal.ai announced a $5.9 million seed round from notable investors including Differential Ventures and Built By Girls Ventures in recognition of the gender diversity on their founding team.

Last month, the company launched the 1.0 version of its technology on Product Hunt, receiving recognition from the site as the #1 Product of the Day on November 4 and the #1 Product of the Week.

Katy Wigdahl, CEO of Speechmatics, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Personal.ai, combining our technologies to help make their revolutionary platform accessible for all – no matter who you are. We strongly believe in Personal.ai’s mission to empower every individual to remember everything and our industry-leading Autonomous Speech Recognition opens this opportunity to be more inclusive to everyone regardless of accent, dialect, age, and other sociodemographic characteristics.”

Suman Kanuganti, CEO and founder of Personal.ai, added: “We’re always looking to partner with like-minded pioneers in the deep technology space and Speechmatics shares in our pursuit to use AI and machine learning for good.

“Its mission to understand all voices by bringing the most accurate speech recognition technology to the market means Speechmatics is the right partner to ensure our platform can be used by as diverse a population as possible, democratising memory access for all.”

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