Speech-to-text software can recognize spoken language and immediately convert it into written text. The technology uses computational linguistics and can also translate spoken language into a different dialect in text. Also known as computer speech recognition or simply speech recognition, this tech innovation has increasingly become a handy tool in the modern age. Its convenience is unmatched, and with the current technology landscape, there’s reason to believe that the software will improve with time.
The internet has already transformed the world into a global village, increasing interactions between millions whose vernacular differs. The popularity of the tools that improve the efficiency of communication across different native tongues has, therefore, skyrocketed.
The Effectiveness of Speech-To-Text
If you have used speech recognition software before, you know it has the power to convert your speech to text in real time. But did you know a complex process runs in the background before the conversion? It’s just that it happens lightning-fast, and there’s literally no noticeable lag.
Before the final conversion happens, the software first converts speech into digital audio. An algorithm then analyzes the digital signals, looking for recognizable patterns in the audio. The program then converts the audio signals into text once it recognizes these patterns. The process works relatively similarly whether or not the output in writing is in the original language as the spoken input.
Innovations in Multilingual Speech-To-Text
Do you know how some words, phrases, and sentences may fail to convey the same message or have the intended effect when translated from one language to another? You’d be safe to assume that with translation software, especially one that crosses the speech-to-text barrier, such occurrences come with the territory.
But what if we told you that losing meaning in translation is now a thing of the past? Thanks to innovations in the field and improvements in machine learning, speech-to-text software is now as smart as it gets. One of the innovations that make a near-perfect speech-to-text translation possible is Google’s Translatotron. Let’s get to know more about it, shall we?
Translatotron: Google’s AI Translator
We’re willing to bet that you know all about Google Translate, but have you heard of Translatotron? In layman’s terms, Translatotron is the new and improved version of Google Translate. But in truth, it is much more than that. Although Google Translate has enjoyed significant success over the years, reports of inaccurate translations surface frequently enough for the company to seek a better alternative.
Google has wanted to do away with the criticisms that follow such happenings for a while now, and according to the company’s blog, they have been working on a permanent solution since 2016. Armed with advanced artificial intelligence (AI), Translatotron seeks to efficiently and effectively bridge the language gap. The AI-powered tech offers several advantages that simplify the translation process for users. It includes:
- The detection of words that don’t require translation. These could be loan words, an example of which is the French word déjà vu, adopted into English with no modification.
- Accurately retaining the speaker’s tone in the translated text to avoid the loss of the speaker’s intended meaning.
- Avoiding possible compounding errors in the recognition and translation process.
- Increasing the speed of accurate translation to enable a real-time conversation between parties of a different dialect.
According to experts in this field, Google’s Translatotron is an efficient tool that will indeed phase out the criticisms of its predecessor and improve the quality and accuracy of translations by a considerable margin.
As you may have already guessed, Google isn’t the only company working on a state-of-the-art translation service. With Azure, Microsoft also has its hat in the ring, but what exactly does this piece of tech do?
According to the mother company, Azure supports the transcription of over 100 languages. The software accepts audio from multiple sources, including audio files, blob storage, and microphones. What’s more, users in technical fields can customize the tech to better understand terminologies specific to the industry in question.
As is evident, speech recognition software is currently undergoing exponential growth. Although it has been around for a while, advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence are really bringing it to the fore. While it may not need a product promotion stage, so to speak, the popularity of this piece of tech will eclipse anything we have witnessed before as we move into the future.
In truth, the scale of possibilities that multilingual speech-to-text provides is almost infinite. Do you want Spanish transcriptions and translations that sound authentic? You got them! Want to work with something more complicated, like a Balkan language? Piece of cake! And as we’ve just discussed, you need not worry that translated text will lose its intended meaning as introducing global language packs into speech recognition software bridges this gap seamlessly.