Apple trains Siri to better understand people who stutter

Siri will learn to better understand the speech of people with stuttering. The company has begun work on training its voice assistant to properly interact with non-standard speech, according to an Apple spokesman.

As part of the work on Siri, about 28 thousand audio recordings were collected with the participation of stuttering people. The recordings will be used to “train” Siri and improve the speech recognition engine. And the new Hold to Talk feature will allow a person with non-standard speech to communicate with Siri even during a stutter – the user can hold the Siri button until he finishes the phrase.

By the way, since the release of iOS 11, you can use the voice assistant without speaking with your voice. The “Type to Siri” function allows you to communicate with your assistant using typing.

Google and Amazon are also working to train Google Assistant and Alexa to understand people with speech disabilities. Google is busy collecting samples of atypical speech, and Amazon decided to act differently – in December it launched the Alexa Fund service, which allows people with speech disabilities to teach algorithms on their own.

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