Nuance continues to drive innovation through its strategic collaboration with Intel to bring faster and seemingly effortless voice interactions with mobile devices that leverage the power of the cloud. Leveraging data centers powered by Intel Xeon Processors, Nuance is further enhancing its voice and natural language understanding capabilities as part of a broad portfolio of intelligent systems that not only hear what you say, but understand what you mean through context and ambient intelligence, ultimately providing proactive, assistant-like interactions across a variety of devices and platforms that adapt to and anticipate a person’s needs. Nuance’s Sean Brown was on hand at Intel’s Data Center event on Monday in San Francisco, joining Intel’s Jason Waxman for a discussion on the power of the cloud for voice innovation.
Nuance’s voice and natural language understanding technologies increasingly rely on cloud-based data processing to deliver an incredibly fast interactive experience – you speak and your device, app or service responds. And with mobile voice assistant technology quickly becoming the standard for device and content engagement, the experience needs to be accurate, effortless and instantaneous. Working with Intel’s powerful Xeon Processors, Nuance is able to harness significant compute power delivering results to users in the blink of an eye. Further, Nuance will be able to further scale natural language capabilities with optimization techniques for increasingly complex conversational interactions.
Additionally, Nuance and Intel are working on joint optimizations across Intel-based platforms. The two companies are exploring a combination of hardware and software techniques to accelerate performance. Nuance is working with Intel to leverage Gaussian Mixture Models (GMM) acceleration on their central processing units (CPUs), which will yield faster speech recognition and higher accuracy by utilizing larger acoustic models.
Nuance and Intel are also focused on Balanced Computing – leveraging both the compute power on the device, and that of the cloud. Together, they can maximize performance and offer the user an incredibly optimized and efficient experience.
Voice has made the leap from purely task-oriented command and control to a more sophisticated, user-centric interface that transcends buttons, menus and the sea of blue links within traditional web search – resulting in a more intuitive, human way to connect. Thus, consumers can experience a more direct way to access information and content – when they want it and how they want it. Voice further creates a connection with people’s devices and mobile personal assistants through incredibly human, expressive text-to-speech – enabling a two-way conversation. And in a mobile-centric, data-driven world, consumers expect nothing less.
Nuance’s personal assistant capabilities are found in many of the leading handset assistant features and Nuance’s own Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android already allows users to complete a host of tasks, such as the ability to dictate and send emails and messages, check the weather, find and book a dinner reservation, get directions and update a social status. But, increasingly, assistants are becoming more knowledgeable about you, and will be able to anticipate your needs – for instance, Dragon Mobile Assistant, Nuance’s personal assistant-based innovation platform, will proactively dial you into conference calls, and automatically switch into its hands-free, eyes-free Driver Mode upon its detection of being in a moving vehicle.
And through Nuance’s collaboration with Intel for driving cloud-based innovation, the power of intelligent systems continues to rapidly evolve and revolutionize the way we embrace and engage our connected world.
For more on Nuance and Intel’s strategic collaboration and the power of the cloud, check out this article from PCWorld’s Mark Hachman.