Amazon, Mitsubishi Advancing Speech Technology in Boston

May 13th, 2016 Xconomy Boston —  Computer scientists have been trying to train software-powered machines to reliably understand and respond to human speech for years. They seem to have turned a corner recently. Two of the latest examples were highlighted Thursday in Boston, as researchers from Amazon and Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) briefly discussed what they’ve been working on at their companies’ local outposts in Cambridge, MA. The speeches were part of the Re-Work Deep Learning Summit, a two-day business conference paired with Re-Work’s Connected Home Summit. The talks were notable because Amazon and Mitsubishi are usually quiet about what they’re working on at the local research offices. Xconomy last dug into MERL in 2007, when it went through a significant restructuring that involved a wave of layoffs and…

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