Google just announced that they have acquired Cambridge startup Phonetic Arts. I am very excited and happy for my friends there. It is great to see another Cambridge-based Speech company being recognized for their great work (after Entropic and more recently Spinvox). Maybe I should have stayed in England after all.
Most of my career I have worked on speech recognition (aka. speech-to-text) but recently, since speech recognition has become mainstream, I have started to become convinced that there is a lot of untapped potential in Text-to-Speech (TTS). I look forward to seeing what the PA team will come up with now that they have the greater resources of Google at their disposal.