Facebook to Pay Users for Voice Recordings in Bid to Improve Speech Recognition

An interesting approach by Facebook to improve its artificial intelligence-driven transcription skills.

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Facebook to Pay Users for Voice Recordings in Bid to Improve Speech Recognition
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  • Facebook will pay users who agree to record their voice
  • Users will record snippets of audio through a new programme
  • Tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon have paused their programmes

Facebook has announced it will pay select users who agree to record their voice to improve its speech recognition technology.

According to The Verge, the social networking giant company will pay select users to record snippets of audio through a new programme called "Pronunciations" in its Viewpoints market research app.

If you qualify to be part of the programme, you'll be able to record the phrase "Hey Portal," followed by the first name of a friend from your friends" list.

"You'll be able to do this with the names of up to 10 friends, and you have to record each statement twice," the report said on Thursday.

The Facebook announcement comes at a time when several tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google have paused their audio transcription programmes after reports emerged that third-party contractors were listening to audio recordings.

Amazon now lets users opt-out of audio recording "review."

Although one user will be able to make only $5, this is an interesting approach by Facebook to improve its artificial intelligence-driven transcription skills.

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