Mozilla, the non-profit foundation behind the open-source Firefox browser, introduced a new project called Common Voice. Common Voice consists of 2 parts:A part where you can submit audio recordings of you saying a sentence that the website displays. A part where you can validate the recordings sent by others.
The aim of the project is to use the user-submitted, and validated recordings to create a voice recognition engine that is on par with proprietary engines. Most cutting-edge voice recognition engines are proprietary, and thus, the public doesn't get access to technology that they often helped improve. Project Common Voice aims to solve that problem.
The project is accepting recordings right now, and will release an open-source database containing these voices in late 2017. There are no restrictions on the quality of voice recording needed for submission, as the engine needs to be able to understand voice in real-world scenarios, where background noise from vehicles and machinery is common. This means almost anybody can submit their voice for the project. The project aims to collect 10000 hours of recordings, as that is the amount of data needed to create a production grade Speech-to-Text System.
Common Voice HomepageMy thoughts on it
I think Common Voice will be a transformative thing for the following reasons:
1. It will create a cutting-edge,but open-source voice recognition engine
Anyone who has used a personal assistant such as Siri or Google Now will know the scarily accurate voice recognition capabilities they have. Ultimately, if open source is to be spread to the masses, it will have to keep up with advancements in technology, and projects like these, and others, for example Mycroft, the open-source personal assistant should be commended for pushing the boundaries of open-source.
The fact that it is open source also mean...