Google is working to leverage technology to create a more accessible world for everyone, including those with ALS.
Lou Gehrig’s speech - and the voice of the man who spoke it - is with us forever. But, for many other people who have been diagnosed with ALS, new technologies can provide an additional option that enables them to communicate.
Project Euphonia is a Google Research initiative focused on improving communication for people with impaired speech. Though speech recognition algorithms have heard millions of examples of words and phrases from people whose voices sound “typical,” the algorithms have not heard nearly as many examples from people with impaired speech. Our team is centered on analyzing speech recordings by people with atypical speech to better train speech recognition models in the hopes of making them more accessible. Our research also includes efforts to improve non-speech communication, such as gestures, and custom text to speech models for more natural sounding voices.
Steve Gleason, who lost the ability to speak due to effects from ALS, provided previously recorded voice samples to Project Euphonia. Today, on this first-ever MLB Lou Gehrig Day, he's using his newly created voice to recite Lou Gehrig’s speech.
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