Nuance CEO finally confirms its voice recognition tech is part of Apple’s Siri

“Nuance, a leader in digital speech recognition, has long been thought to have contributed technology to Apple’s digital assistant, though neither company had confirmed that until today,” Kevin Bostic reports for AppleInsider.

“Speaking at AllThingsD‘s D11 conference, Nuance CEO Paul Ricci finally confirmed that Nuance’s technology is in fact a part of Apple’s Siri,” Bostic reports. “‘We are the fundamental provider of voice recognition for Apple,’ Ricci admitted when asked whether Nuance was to blame when Siri doesn’t understand requests.”

Bostic reports, “Ricci explained that Nuance does not handle Siri’s artificial intelligence layers, only the voice recognition. Further, Ricci said that Siri has both embedded and cloud technology for voice recognition, but that the feature is overall a cloud solution.”

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    1. The technology from Nuance is actually the technology from Dragon Systems. Nuance, né ScanSoft, bought Dragon in 2005:

      “Dr. James Baker laid out the description of a speech understanding system called DRAGON in 1975. Then in 1982 he and Dr. Janet Baker founded Dragon Systems….”

      “Dragon Systems released NaturallySpeaking 1.0 as their first continuous dictation product in 1997. The company was then purchased in June 2000 by Lernout & Hauspie, a corporation that had been involved in financial scandals as reported by the New York Times. Following the all-share deal advised by Goldman Sachs, Lernout & Hauspie declared bankruptcy in November 2000. The Bakers had received hundreds of millions in stock, but were only able to sell a few million dollars worth before the stock lost all its value as a result of the accounting fraud. The Bakers sued Goldman Sachs for negligence, intentional misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty, which eventually led to a 23-day trial in Boston. The jury ruled in favor of Goldman Sachs and cleared them of all charges. Following the bankruptcy of Lernout & Hauspie, the rights to the Dragon product line were acquired by ScanSoft. In 2005, ScanSoft launched a de facto acquisition of Nuance Communications, and rebranded itself as Nuance.”

      Note the involvement of Goldman Sachs, consistent parasite of global finances. 👿

      1. I remember that bankruptcy proceeding, and being absolutely stunned that any attorney would have advised any small start-up company to take an all-stock deal. Maybe they just had Goldman Sachs representing them, but that was just stupidity.

    1. It’s very difficult to understand some people from a human point of view, it’s little wonder software struggles! And some who write on here are incomprehensible…

  1. Siri actually works very well for me i never had any problems with it understanding me. my problems are having other people understand me
    Dictated by Siri by the way

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