Tech Firms Train Voice Assistants to Understand Atypical Speech
Approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. have trouble using their voices, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Julie Cattiau, a product manager in Google’s artificial intelligence team, said that group is at risk of being left behind by voice-recognition technology.
Google is one of a number of technology companies now trying to train voice assistants to understand everyone.
Some made investments into voice accessibility after realizing that people with dysarthria—often a side effect of conditions including cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease or a brain tumor—may be the group that stands to benefit most from voice-recognition technology.