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Joe Milazzo

Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, designer and cultural observer. He holds a MLS from the University of North Texas and a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He has a long-standing interest in Chinese art and literature. You can learn out more about his work by visiting http://www.joemilazzo.net/. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX.

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How Baidu's Deep Speech 2 Is Winning The Speech Recognition Game

Joe Milazzo | October 18, 2016

Baidu is described as “the Google of China” so often that it has become a cliché. However, Baidu may have actually surpassed Google in the realm of speech-recognition technology. If you’ve ever asked your smartphone or PC’s “virtual assistant” a question, you’ve interacted with speech recognition (or intelligent voice) technology). Baidu’s nurturing of exceptional talent has certainly played a role in their being discussed as a potential industry “game-changer”: Chief Scientist Andrew Ng created the algorithms that still power the Android OS voice search functionality. He also helped to found the online learning platform Coursera, and currently splits his time between Baidu’s Beijing campus and Stanford University. Baidu’s investment in its Deep Learning Institute has also paid significant dividends, and they have made great strides in truly useable (rather than merely entertaining) augmented reality (AR). 

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