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Microsoft’s AI speech recognition now matches human performance levels

Microsoft has announced that its AI speech technology is now able to match the performance of humans. The company has described the development as being an ‘historic achievement’ and ‘major breakthrough’, having seen its technology record a speech recognition error rate equal to professional transcribers.

Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research has published a paper which reported that the error rate of its speech recognition technology was observed at 5.9 percent, matching the performance of human transcribers.

There has been a lot of attention given to AI in the past month, with the debut of the Google Assistant and Samsung’s purchase of Viv Labs.