Microsoft has hit a milestone in voice recognition

Microsoft Research developed a voice recognition system as accurate as humans, with an error rate of just 5.9%,according to Microsoft’s Chief Speech Scientist Xuedong Huang.

Rapid advancements in voice recognition accuracy is going to help the technology emerge as a dominant computing interface. That’s because it’s much faster and easier to talk to your device than type on it. A recent Stanford University study showed that voice input is three times faster than keyboard input, and with a 20.4% lower error rate.

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