Speech recognition has come a long way.

With the emergence of Siri on the iPhone, good speech recognition is within the reach of many of us. How does it work? Why is automatic speech recognition so difficult? And what tricks does Siri have up her sleeve?

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley has the answers on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Siri’s Wikipedia page has some interesting tidbits on the history

I enjoyed Marcus Forsberg’s report on why automatic speech recognition is so difficult.
10 page PDF, via Google Documents, but readable.