As many people in the speech technology R&D community are aware, I conducted surveys for the 1997, 2003 and 2009 IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding (ASRU) workshops seeking opinions about the future prospects for our field. Respondents were offered a set of statements about possible future events, and their task was to assign a date to each. The results were published at INTERSPEECH 2005 and 2011, and the overall conclusion was that progress is perceived as slow and that the future appeared to be no nearer in 2009 than it did in 1997! Whilst this may be the view of the R&D community, it is not known what the general public feels about our technology, especially given the high visibility of products such as Apples Siri. A fourth survey has thus been conducted in which non-specialists express their opinions. This talk will review the original surveys and relate them to what ordinary people think.
Bibliographic reference. Moore, Roger K. (2013): "Progress and prospects for speech technology: what ordinary people think", In INTERSPEECH-2013 (abstract).