How accurate is AI lip reading? A deaf perspective

22 03 2017

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How accurate is lip reading – AI vs. Professionals

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are again making a big splash in the news. This time with AI sinking its virtual teeth into lip reading. Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK in collaboration with Google’s Deepmind has developed a system they claim can lip read more accurately than humans.

Lip reading has been one of the most prominent areas of research for the past decade. The main focus having been on overcoming the shortcomings in audio recognition in noisy environments.

Most recently, however, the focus is firmly planted on speech recognition algorithms and how such systems could help people who are deaf or hard of hearing have better access to television through accurate real-time subtitling.

I won’t lie to you when I first saw the news title ‘AI has beaten humans at lip reading’. I had to choke back a laugh.

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