When science fiction writers first started imagining the robots of the future in the early 20th century, one of their prerequisite features was always that they’d be able to understand human speech. One hundred years later, though robotic butlers are still a ways off, scientists have indeed developed sophisticated automatic speech recognition software (ASR) that allows us to communicate with our computers in a new and exciting way. Some of ASR’s applications, while not involving robots, have revolutionized entire industries. The field of medical transcription, for example, which was once entirely manual, has become streamlined and modernized in a way that no one could have anticipated. This infographic breaks down exactly how ASR works, how it has helped our world, and what it has in store for us in the future.
Click to see the infographic: How We Talk To Computers