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November 31, 2019

Beach Wreck Ignition: Challenges in open source voice

Kathy Reid

This session will look at why open source voice is so difficult, and what strategies are currently being applied to meet these challenges:

  • Real time speech to text- including hardware limitations, difficulties with on-device STT, challenges with cloud based STT including responsiveness.
  • Machine learning and training challenges - including debugging poor fit models, sourcing significant data sets and training new models.
  • Multiple languages, localisation and internationalisation - including language idiosyncrasies, slang and handling intent collisions across multiple Skills
  • Voice user interaction - the challenge of producing a voice interaction that is both useful AND human-like

Originally presented at linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au is a conference about the Linux operating system, and all aspects of the thriving ecosystem of Free and Open Source Software that has grown up around it. Run since 1999, in a different Australian or New Zealand city each year, by a team of local volunteers, LCA invites more than 500 people to learn from the people who shape the future of Open Source.

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