Jibo, a social robot with speech recognition skills

A storyteller that entertains kids, a personal assistant that reminds and keeps the family members current with appointments and activities, or a friendly companion to talk to is what Jibo, the world’s first social robot is about. Building strong communication skills is a central concept for this family oriented, emotionally engaging machine.

Jibo is different from other AI robots because of his ability to respond intelligently and quickly, recognize speech, recognize faces and accomplish all sorts of tasks requested by a user. Jibo’s “natural” speaking skills are going to reshape the home robot technology and be “game changing” solution. It is the natural speech processing that brings to life these new communication skills.

What natural speech processing implies

The technology of natural speech recognition was developed to enable a robot’s computing system to analyze a user’s speech and understand their needs through a spoken word. Natural speech processing comprises the main constituent of artificial intelligence and is part of machine learning technology.

Natural language processing software is utilized to perform the following tasks:

- Speech segmentation.

Recognition algorithms that allow segmentation of speech into smaller parts, so a sentence’s grammar construction becomes clear for a robot.

- Deep analytics.

This feature is based on an advanced technique of speech processing that “knows” how to pull out the meaningful information from large sets of data. Deep analytics is used to process complex queries in both unstructured and semi-structured data.

- Language translation.

Through natural speech recognition software, machine translation algorithms are successfully applied in automatic rendering of information into another language.

- Extraction of entity names.

Speech recognition technology can differentiate notions among a set of similar entities (identifying when it hears first name and last name, email, address, etc.)

- Summarizing.

This technology makes it possible to summarize long text pieces into shorter information sets.

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