A Brief History of ASR: Automatic Speech Recognition

Jason Kincaid
Jul 12, 2018 · 8 min read

Early Days

1961 — IBM Shoebox
1961 — A demonstration of IBM’s Shoebox
October 1969 The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

A Piercing Freeze

Progress Continues

1976 —CMU’s Harpy Speech Recognition System
This hurts my head, too.

The ‘80s: Markovs and More

November 1990, Infoworld

Consumer Availability — The ‘90s

November 1993, IEEE Communications Magazine

Whither Speech Recognition— The Sequel

The Dark Horse

Timeline via Juang & Rabiner¹

Further Reading


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