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Bing aims for better search results with text to speech

As AI keeps improving, Bing pulls an ace out their sleeve - report by SnatchBot

New innovation for Internet users


Bing is making an attempt to better serve all those Internet users who are using their search engine. The search engine giant is now introducing some interesting new features such as an enhanced visual search, a new text-to-speech feature and also significantly expanded intelligent answers.

Apparently the new mobile app coming from Bing is now able to read text in a voice that actually sounds incredibly human. This simply means that a search engine can now read search results back to Internet users in a completely natural sounding tone of voice. In an interview Bing has revealed that its new AI text-to-speech system has been specifically developed to speak with a voice that sounds uncannily like a human voice.

As far as the issue of intelligent answers is concerned Bing has an ongoing commitment to answer the questions from Internet users with what they describe as intelligent answers. This is simply answers which might contain many additional pieces of information which is collected by the search engine from a wide variety of sources.

This accomplishment has been made possible by the incredible advances in available processing power and because of this Bing is now in the position to answer even difficult questions in their customary intelligent manner. In fact even relatively simple questions which may require equally simple answers can now receive the kind of answer which Internet users would never have expected because of the additional details which is provided.

As far as the visual search is concerned this is simply a feature which allows Internet users to search for information by using an image. In recent times this feature has been upgraded so it now has the ability to quickly recognize the different objects contained within an image. The search engines only requires users to upload their particular image where after it will be scanned and the objects within the image will be identified. Bing will then conduct searches for other images which will be a match for the uploaded image. Even more interestingly is the fact that Bing will create clickable hotspots over specific objects which is contained in an image which will then allow the Internet user to learn more about those things.

There can be no doubt that these improvements are certainly interesting because it provides Internet users with additional options which can make their searches online a lot more interesting and possibly more rewarding. Only time will tell us whether the ability to have your search results read back to you instead of reading them for your self will be able to provide Internet users with any special advantage. However I think that most people will merely scan through the search results and they will do it is quite quickly and superficially mostly because they are pressed for time and they need to have those results as quickly as possible and therefore having to listen to an AI system reading that whole list of results for you just seem to be very time-consuming. It will probably be nice initially but over the long-term it simply does not seem to provide people with any real benefits as far as their day to day functioning is concerned.


Avi Ben Ezra

Avi Ben Ezra is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Cofounder of SnatchBot and SnatchApp (Snatch Group Limited). He leads the Group’s long-term technology vision and is responsible for running all facets of the tech business which includes being the architect of the platforms and UI interfaces. Avi has proven tech track record and 15+ years of demonstrated career success developing tech initiatives of organizations of varying size and scope. Avi possesses in-depth experience in developing digital market places within Fintech and AI.
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