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Facebook Buys Speech Recognition Startup

‘Facebook, Remind Me To Like That’

Time for more voice recognition software and tools? Always.

I’m still not sure I understand the amazing scope that all this voice recognition stuff is supposed to bring us. My phone doesn’t seem to be able to do much other than a web search every so often when I ask it certain details. But, it is going to be a big craze for the next few years as companies either pin it down or let it fade out of existence.


Either way, Facebook is preparing to take the plunge into all the virtual pillow talk as they have just agreed to acquire Wit.ai, who offers voice recognition software and natural language processing.  

The acquisition could lead to speaking into Facebook’s messenger service or creating more diverse options for Facebook developers. It could also just lead to us liking pictures with a quick shout.

Facebook confirmed the purchase and commented that: ‘Wit.ai has built an incredible yet simple natural language processing API that has helped developers turn speech and text into actionable data. We’re excited to have them on-board.’

Wit.ai was founded in 2013 and is now used by over 5500 developers across a wide range of software. Initially Wit.ai aimed to simply help developers create voice software on mobile apps, wearable devices and across the internet.

Wit.ai made a post about the acquisition saying: ‘It is an incredible acceleration in the execution of our vision. Facebook has the resources and talent to help us take the next step. The platform will remain open and become entirely free for everyone.’

The price of the acquisition has not yet been released, but I’m sure we can rest assured that it would be enough for each of us to collectively sigh and then count your coins as you go and buy a coffee.

In March last year, Facebook announced that it had bought Occulus Rift. If you’re not sure what that is, Occulus is virtual reality software, mostly used for gaming. It makes horror games an absolute living nightmare. With virtual reality and now voice recognition software, we can only ponder what Facebook’s great ambitions could be behind closed doors. If it turns out to be a boost for gaming, I have to say, I’m excited.

So for now let’s wait and see what Facebook has planned. It’ll be awhile till it’s used for anything other than developers, but Facebook are preparing something.

Just you wait. 

Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and is currently interning as a content writer hoping to go further. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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