back to article Siri, are you afraid of Facebook's new speech recognition tech?

Facebook is buying speech recognition startup Wit.ai, in an apparent bid to counter rival chatterbox tech from the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft. "Facebook's mission is to connect everyone and build amazing experiences for the over 1.3 billion people on the platform – technology that understands natural language is a …

  1. Teiwaz Silver badge

    Wit.ai to become drivel.ai in facebook snapup.

    Another potentially cool company snapped up.

    Of course it's service will still remain free, the cows can eat as much grass as they wish (would have said sheep, but that's a tired old metaphor).

    And linux, couple of good projects recently, palaver, google2ubuntu, but they use the google api. Simon-lisitens has been around for a while, but last time I tried it, it was still in much the same state.

    The most important point, however, is that all these speech recognition systesm, seem to be marketed on the cool/mostly useless factors. How good are they from the accessibility point of view. Do they help the visually or movement impaired to operate their devices?

  2. ratfox Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Why?

    Isn't speech recognition something that belongs with the OS? Are Facebook going to create one?

    Not sure I see the point.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Because Facebook must crush the world

      With their, erm, social media platform.

      1. Crisp Silver badge

        Re: Because Facebook must crush the world

        With their, erm, social media platform. content free advertising platform.

        FTFY

  3. Mystic Megabyte Silver badge
    Mushroom

    I'm on the freeway

    "The engine can even learn as users send in more input from a given application, offering new possible phrasings for given intents. If the engine guesses wrong, developers can go in and retrain it or add new intents as necessary."

    Will the engine learn to associate "AAAAARRRGGH!" with "I'm crashing my car"?

    FB internal status update: Target the friends of <user> with adverts for flowers.

  4. Zog_but_not_the_first Silver badge
    Trollface

    Hi Facebook!

    I have two words for you to learn...

    1. N2 Silver badge

      Re: Hi Facebook!

      Fornicate elsewhere?

      1. Graham Lockley

        Re: Hi Facebook!

        I'm sorry Dave....

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