03. January 2019 · Comments Off on The M-AILABS Speech Dataset · Categories: Technology + Computing · Tags: , , , , ,

The following is the text that accompanied the M-AILABS Speech DataSet:


The M-AILABS Speech Dataset is the first large dataset that we are providing free-of-charge, freely usable as training data for speech recognitionand speech synthesis.

Most of the data is based on LibriVox and Project Gutenberg. The training data consist of nearly thousand hours of audio and the text-files in prepared format.

A transcription is provided for each clip. Clips vary in length from 1 to 20 seconds and have a total length of approximately shown in the list (and in the respective info.txt-files) below.

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08. November 2018 · Comments Off on Confidentiality & Privacy are Human Rights · Categories: Society + Politics, Technology + Computing

There comes a time in every human’s life when he/she thinks: “It is time to concentrate on giving back to the society”. At least this is what I believe.

A few years ago that time came for me as well and I started thinking what I can give back.

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11. September 2013 · Comments Off on Has Apple Lost its Mojo? · Categories: Technology + Computing

Wow, what a disappointing presentation: Apple’s Media Event on Sept 10th was the biggest disappointment I had with regards to Apple.

I don’t mean to say that I expect Apple to innovate ahead of everybody else every year and introduce ground-breaking technologies year after year. That was not what I was expecting.

What disappointed me were two items:

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10. September 2013 · Comments Off on End of the Operating System License as a Business Model? · Categories: Technology + Computing

Today, I was reading an article about the history of Unix. When I came across this paragraph, I had an intense instinctive and natural reaction:

Sun was already a success (with imitators!) when, in 1983, the U.S. Department of Justice won its second antitrust case against AT&T and broke up the Bell System. This relieved AT&T from the 1958 consent decree that had prevented them from turning Unix into a product. AT&T promptly rushed to commercialize Unix System V—a move that nearly killed Unix.

My reaction was: “Whoa! How can they think anyone would want want to pay for an operating system (OS)?

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07. September 2013 · Comments Off on Amazon to Offer Free Smartphone? · Categories: Economy, Technology + Computing

The last couple of days, I was reading many articles about Amazon planning to offer a free smartphone (e.g. This article).

I am quite sure Amazon is working on something like that, but will it work? Below I’m outlining an idea that could, in fact, work out for Amazon, and would be a boon for consumers.

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