Hearing: An Emerging Field
Abstract: (intro paragraph in lieu of abstract) If we had machines
that could hear as humans do, we would expect them to be able to easily distinguish
speech from music and background noises, to pull out the speech and music parts for
special treatment, to know what direction sounds are coming from, to learn which noises
are typical and which are noteworthy. Hearing machines should be able to organize what
they hear; learn names for recognizable objects, actions, events, places, musical
styles, instruments, and speakers; and retrieve sounds by reference to those names.
These machines should be able to listen and react in real time, to take appropriate
action on hearing noteworthy events, to participate in ongoing activities, whether in
factories, in musical performances, or in phone conversations.