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The coming-of-age of voice recognition TechHive Staff Writer Evan Dashevsky:

I'm old enough to remember the PC-based talk-to-type programs from around the turn of the millennium, which would distort the most mundane phrases.

But recently, engineers have finally begun to deliver what sci-fi promised. It's not perfect, but today's voice-recognition technology is a world beyond the flawed programs of old.

For example, Google voice search via Chrome was able to understand me on the very first try when I asked for information on the basketball player Andrei Kirilenko. The Russian-born Forward's name is a mess of syllables and sounds, and my browser was able to decipher and process it accordingly.

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