The Verge has an interesting feature on How Siri found its voice. It’s a trip behind the scenes at Nuance Communications, a market leader with products in OCR, speech synthesis and speech recognition.
Nuance works with Apple, HTC, Huawei and Samsung, and recently signed a pact with Amazon, which could result in Siri-like voices on Kindle devices. Nuance Voice Ads are optimized for the unique capabilities of mobile devices with location awareness, mobility, and voice input.
Human-level natural language processing is equivalent to solving the central artificial intelligence problem — making computers as intelligent as people.