How AI’s Learn to Listen

The next phase of speech recognition (SR) technology is all about context, says John Burkey, a former Apple and Siri developer. The latest generation of AI-enabled SR technology goes beyond simply hearing and processing language. It takes into account things like the speaker’s location, history, and interests, allowing for more intelligent, nuanced conversations. Burkey explains the applications of these technologies and the future of machine learning and voice recognition.

About John Burkey

John Burkey is the Founder, CEO, and CTO of, a San Francisco-based computer software company specializing in artificial intelligence for autonomous vehicles. He is also CEO and CTO of Tomorrow LLC, an educational software company with a leading app in the Apple App Store WhatsApp?. From 2014 to 2016, he served on the Siri Advanced Development Group at Apple, where he was in charge of developing next generation speech processing technology, language modeling, and machine learning.

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