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Mozilla Voice Challenge

Posted June 28, 2019

Voice-enabled products are rapidly penetrating both consumer and enterprise markets. The expectations are that in the near future voice interaction will become a key interface for people’s Internet-connected lives.

Currently, the voice product market is heavily dominated by a few giant tech companies. This is unhealthy as it stifles competition and prevents the entry of smaller companies with new and innovative products.

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Mozilla wants to change that. Our engagement in the development of voice-related products is a natural reflection of the company’s mission of empowering people to take control of their online experiences. Mozilla wants to open up the voice product development process, to make it transparent and accessible to everyone. The Competitor wants to take the next step: we would like to identify and integrate a full plan to define the voice technology space by creating a “stack” of open source technologies to support the development of new voice-enabled products.

What is it?

The objective of this Challenge is to create a comprehensive stack of open source voice-enabled technologies for the development of voice-enabled products. For the purpose of this Challenge, we define voice-enabled technologies as “technologies that use voice as an interface, allowing people to interact with various connected devices through verbal means — both when speaking and listening.”

Mozilla wants to improve this list by adding more relevant technologies and then place the list in a public repository for open access. To achieve this, all proposed technologies in the stack need to be open source licensed.

  • Speech-to-text (STT)
  • Text-to-speech (TSS)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Voice-signal processing
  • Keyword spotting
  • Keyword alignment
  • Intent parsing
  • Language parsing: stemming, entity recognition, dialog management, and summarization

Submission to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM EEST on August 21, 2019.

Source: Herox

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