Month: February 2016

Text-to-Speech for low resource languages (episode 3): But can it say “Google”? This is the third episode in the series of posts reporting on the work we are doing to build text-to-speech (TTS) systems for low resource languages. In the first episode, we described the crowdsourced acoustic data collection effort for Project Unison. In the second episode, we described how we built parametric voices based on that data. In this episode, we look at how we are compiling a pronunciation lexicon for a TTS...

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Google IO 2016: dates and keynote predictions

Google IO 2016: dates and keynote predictions Update: The official Google IO 2016 dates have been announced to be May 18 – May 20, which means this year's Google IO tickets should go on sale soon. Here's everything we've been hearing. It's been a big 12 months for Google: Android 6.0 Marshmallow released, it made developments in self-driving car tech, and, perhaps most significant of all, it shuffled its corporate structure so it's now owned by a company called Alphabet. That doesn't mean, however, that Google will sit back and relax in 2016. Google IO 2016 will likely be a huge event with lots of news, just like Google IO 2015 and 2014 before it. In fact, the pressure of Microsoft's recent push of great new products and Apple's ever-growing popularity are likely to cause Google to go even further than it has in the past and come up with better products that can appeal to a wider range of...

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