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Series B | Alive

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Last Raised

$35M | 3 yrs ago

About Whisper

Whisper Inc. is a developer of deep learning systems in hearing aids to amplify only the voices and sounds of interest. Its system presents 10x noise reduction in comparison to other solutions and builds a dataset and footprint for better hearing and voice algorithms.

Headquarters Location

260 8th St

San Francisco, California, 94103,

United States

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Whisper Patents

Whisper has filed 7 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Electronic musical instruments
  • Sensors
  • Social networking services
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Latest Whisper News

Meta Challenges Whisper with ‘Massively Multilingual Speech’ Launch

May 23, 2023

Meta Challenges Whisper with ‘Massively Multilingual Speech’ Launch For some of the biggest names in AI , advancements in language technology can seem like a proxy for an arms race. And on May 22, 2023, Meta threw some shade at its competitor OpenAI , home of multilingual automatic speech recognition and transcription technology Whisper . To introduce Meta’s Massively Multilingual Speech (MMS) project, VP and Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun tweeted to praise the model’s speech-to-text and text-to-speech abilities (1,100 languages) and language identification skills (4,000 spoken languages). The final touch: “half the word error rate of Whisper.” Responses on Twitter were mixed. Fans expressed awe at the sheer number of languages covered, as well as the pace of development. “4000 languages and I am speechless…” gushed one tweet . Another observed , “Oh wow this is huge! This model covers dialects for which it was impossible to build a strong dataset ! But somehow with Meta’s huge conversational base, it became possible!” Oh wow this is huge ! This model covers dialects for which it was impossible to build a strong dataset ! But somehow with Meta's huge conversational base, it became possible ! Great work Meta ! And great work @ylecun 🙌 A third tweet suggested that “speaker diarization […] would really set it apart from whisper and so many useful applications.” Critics took issue with Meta’s comparison to Whisper. “The model looks good; the evaluation looks terrible,” NLP researcher Benjamin Marie tweeted . “Many of the WER reported/copied from previous work are not comparable.” Self-described AI architect Daniel Monge pointed out that LeCun’s statement did not seem to account for “more widely used languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.” “I mean…Of course it’s going to perform better at a language less than 0.1% of the world speaks since the end-goal was to address the long tail of languages in the first place,” Monge explained. It would be nice to see an apples-to-apples comparison with Whisper when it comes to more widely used languages, like English, Spanish, Portuguese, etc… I mean… Of course it's going to perform better at a language less than 0.1% of the world speaks since the end-goal was to… Indeed, Meta’s own PR for MMS emphasized that the system can provide “speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and more for 1,100+ languages,” and touted the long list of supported languages as “a 10x increase from previous work.” The research paper introducing MMS seemed to hint at Meta’s plans to expand into speech translation for even more languages. “Even though we built speech systems supporting between 1,100-4,000 languages, there are currently over 7,000 languages being spoken around the world today,” the authors wrote. “Moreover, there are many dialects which are often inadequately represented in the training data, even for high-resource languages such as English.”

Whisper Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Whisper founded?

    Whisper was founded in 2016.

  • Where is Whisper's headquarters?

    Whisper's headquarters is located at 260 8th St, San Francisco.

  • What is Whisper's latest funding round?

    Whisper's latest funding round is Series B.

  • How much did Whisper raise?

    Whisper raised a total of $35M.

  • Who are the investors of Whisper?

    Investors of Whisper include Sequoia Capital, First Round Capital, Institutional Venture Partners and Quiet Ventures.

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