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Google preparing its ‘virtual brain’ tech for use in apps

Updated 4 years ago
Published Oct 5th, 2012 10:57PM EDT

The zany engineers at Google (GOOG) have been putting a lot of work into creating software that simulates connected human brain cells capable of independently communicating with one another and learning without human input, Technology Review reports. This “virtual brain” is now “being put to work making Google’s products smarter, with speech recognition being the first service to benefit,” Technology Review writes. Vincent Vanhoucke, a Google speech-recognition developer, tells the publication that the “virtual brain” technology has produced “between 20 and 25 percent improvement” in the speech software’s ability to correctly identify words. Technology Review speculates that products such as Google’s self-driving cars and its Glass augmented-reality visor will benefit from the virtual brain technology in the future.

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Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.