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Microsoft’s speech recognition is now just as accurate as humans

Robots are now just as good at transcribing speech as humans. According to a paper published yesterday, a team of Microsoft engineers in the Artificial Intelligence and Research division reported their system reached a word error rate (WER) of 5.9 percent, a figure that is roughly equal to that of human abilities. “We’ve reached human parity,” said Xuedong Huang, the company’s chief speech scientist.
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