It seems like well guarded information, so what are the rumors?
- I hear what sounds like a firm rumor that Apple’s Siri uses Nuance.
- IBM is a vendor and they are not the kind of company to license it from someone else
- Any rumors about Assistant, Cortana, and Alexa?
Since these are younger companies and voice-to-text is a pretty hard problem, that requires an extended history of research, I cannot see how Google, Microsoft, or Amazon had the time to develop the technology. I see the comment: “it is easy now with neural nets” and believe that to be nonsense. I might be wrong.
Also, Amazon is basically a catalogue and so the kinds of speech it needs to understand is very much more limited than for Siri, etc. People coming back from CES are saying Alexa does a better job recognizing language and I want to know: is this cuz they have a better underlying voice-to-text capability or is it because it is better integrated into household devices - and more successful because of how it is deployed, focused, and marketed, with easier applications?