Voice computing has long been a staple of science fiction, but it has
only relatively recently made its way into fairly common mainstream use.
Gadgets like mobile
phones and “smart” home assistant devices (e.g. Amazon Echo, Google Home)
have brought voice-based user interfaces to the masses. The voice
processing for those gadgets relies on various proprietary services “in the
cloud”, which generally leaves the free-software world out in the cold.
been FOSS speech-recognition efforts over
the years, but Mozilla’s recent
announcement of the release of its voice-recognition code and voice
data set should help further the goal of FOSS voice interfaces.