Lip-Reading PC on the Horizon

1Thousands of hours of BBC footage have been used to train the lip-reading system

Scientists at Oxford say they’ve invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans.

The system, which has been trained on thousands of hours of BBC News programmes, has been developed in collaboration with Google’s DeepMind AI division.

” Watch, Attend and Spell”, as the system has been called, can now watch silent speech and get about 50% of the words correct. That may not sound too impressive – but when the researchers supplied the same clips to professional lip-readers, they got only 12% of words.

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