Four projects won Mozilla’s call to fight bias and broaden inclusion in voice technology.
In June 2022, Mozilla’s Common Voice announced a global competition, ‘Our Voices, ’ to incentivize voice technologists to design models tackling bias and furthering diversity and inclusion. After a thorough review of submissions from around the world, the selecting panel is pleased to announce the top four entries that scooped first place in each category.
Competitors submitted entries in the following categories: Language, Variant and Accent speech to text (STT) models for any under-served language, variant (eg. dialect), or accent; Gender, which looked for models for under-resourced language that has been optimised for any marginalized gender community; Methodologies for any method aimed at tackling bias in speech tech; for example through a dataset audit or a benchmark bias corpus and finally - an Open Call category for any other DEI-relevant prototypes or tools. Entrants were required to use Mozilla’s Common Voice dataset but could also use other open-source tools they liked, for example, NVIDIA NeMo.
Says EM Lewis - Jong, Common Voice Product Lead, “building an open model ecosystem is part of our collaboration with NVIDIA, who helped support this work. Together we're supporting the creation of AI models with transparent lifecycles; from datasets - developed through meaningful community contribution, to models and use cases - opened up to fight monopolies.”
Moreover, “there are very few projects in the voice technology ecosystem that embed diversity, equity, and inclusion focus when designing and training their models. The winners presented great pieces of work which show that inclusivity in voice technology is attainable!” she adds.
Building an open model ecosystem is part of our collaboration with NVIDIA, who helped support this work. Together we're supporting the creation of AI models with transparent lifecycles; from datasets - developed through meaningful community contribution, to models and use cases - opened up to fight monopolies.
EM Lewis - Jong , Common Voice Product Lead
Here are the winning projects:
Mozilla Common Voice is an open-source initiative to make voice technology more inclusive. People can donate their voices to an open-source dataset, and technologists can then use that data to create new products. To date, Common Voice has collected more than 20,000 hours of speech in 100 languages.
Each week we will publish a feature on the winning projects.