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C’mon Nuance, You Didn’t Even Ask!

Something like this is bound to happen with small projects. We’re ants near to a hyena.

:pencil: by Jacky Alciné Jacky Alciné :book: an rant post :bookmark: wintermute, sii, speechcontrol :clock7: written :eyeglasses: about 2 minutes, 416 words :link: Comments - 0 Mention(s) - Permalink

Just at the turn of the new year, a few friends of mine decided to start a nifty little project. It was planned (and still is) to be the biggest thing in any of our lives.

I was one of the first developers and another lad, Dante Ashton, led the product design and implementation. We were well over our heads with this project. We did what we could and began to design and program out as much as we could for the application. Around the close of 2011 to early 2011, we had a server spinning on the Web. We had an instance of Bugzilla up and running and doing what we wanted to. We were working hard to attempt to understand what no one else did. We did it in an open fashion. We put all of our research in a centralialized place.

At CES 2013, Nuance Corporation demonstrated an internal version of a project quite similar to ours. So similar to a point where it has the same exact name. Something like that could be expected, whomever read the book “Neuromancer” will not only be connected to the name Wintermute. The project was named Wintermute with its initial sister project SpeechControl. Its sister project was meant to pave a way for speech recognition friendliness on Linux. Yes, Linux. I’ve been a open source advocate for as long as my ~/.bash_history can go and I use Ubuntu for server and desktop purposes. I figured that since it’s a desktop that’s malleable to no end, why not adapt it even more? This thought and many others in human-computer interfacing of the KDE and Unity desktop to light.

I only ask, Nuance, why didn’t you ask us before going ahead and using that name in your project? I mean, sure, we’re just a few teens and adults scattered across the globe trying to build up a far-fetched (yet obviously possible if you’re investing in it) idea. There’s that “common decency” aspect. As a software developer, this is a bit daunting. Having a company whose primary (if not sole) focus is speech recognition, we don’t really stand a chance (for now, at least). I hope that in coming days, Nuance and the Synthetic Intellect Institute would be able to stand side by side, and not butt heads in attempting to provide innovative tools in the speech recognition space.

P.S: Akshat over at OMG!Ubuntu did a nice job of covering us.