If you’ve spent much time interacting with voice assistants like Siri and Alexa, you know that text-to-speech isn’t an exact science yet. Digital diction tends to sound more robotic than human voices, although technology has improved things in recent years.

Thanks to Google, things will only continue to get better. The tech giant recently published a paper that described its upcoming Tacotron 2, an advanced way to electronically deliver speech that achieves a mean opinion score (MOS) of 4.53 compared to the 4.58 score for recorded human speech. The MOS score measures how realistic something sounds.

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00

Google Moves into Medical Device Research

Healthcare is the next big target for innovative tech companies. Through the use of tracking devices and robotics, the medical profession stands to be transformed in the coming years. Always interested in cutting-edge technology, Google has its sights set on keeping people healthy, with parent company Alphabet leading the way.

The tech is under Alphabet’s Verily Life Science, which joined French pharmaceutical company Sanofi in putting $500 million into a joint venture to help improve patient care for those suffering from diabetes. The two groups call their joint venture Onduo, which will pour its efforts into bringing technology to diabetes monitoring and treatment.

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Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00

Google Invests in Augmented Reality Start-Up

The company has no revenue and no products on the market. But it just landed $542 million from a group of investors that includes Google. Magic Leap, a Miami-based start-up, was valued at $2 billion despite the fact that it currently has no product to show. Little is known about the company's technology, which remained quiet throughout the process of raising funding.

To answer what its technology does, Magic Leap's founder mentioned the experience a person has when looking at nature. The lightweight wearable piece of hardware Magic Leap manufacturers will provide a way to enjoy nature the way we enjoy it when we're experiencing a beautiful piece of scenery. Terms being used to describe Magic Leap include "the world is your new desktop" and the world is your new silver screen," but details won't be unveiled until Magic Leap is willing to divulge more.

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