This voice recognition software translates your speech and then uses your own voice to talk in another language.

Contributed by Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer

A demonstration I gave in Tianjin, China at Microsoft Research Asia’s 21st Century Computing event has started to generate a bit of attention, and so I wanted to share a little background on the history of speech-to-speech technology and the advances we’re seeing today.

In the realm of natural user interfaces, the single most important one – yet also one of the most difficult for computers – is that of human speech.

For the last 60 years, computer scientists have been working to build systems that can understand what a person says when they talk.

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