At the Foundation, we believe that speech technology is crucial for bringing Web access to the 4.8 billion people who have basic mobile phones and/or who are illiterate. Voice access may also prove useful for people communicating in languages that do not work well on the Web. Therefore, SpeechTEK is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness on the use of voice technologies for social development.
I am grateful to the organizers — conference chair Jim Larson in particular — for giving me an opportunity to dialog with leaders in the industry about the issues that are so important to us. I am also very much looking forward to learning from voice technology experts. So if you happen to be at SpeechTEK next week, you’re very welcome to come and join the discussion.