Last week Mozilla announced a layoff of approximately 250 employees and a big restructuring of the company. I’m sure many of you are asking yourselves how this impacts DeepSpeech. Unfortunately, as of this moment we don’t have concrete answers to give. We’re working to find out if the project will have a new home in the restructured Mozilla, and what changes would be necessary for a successful transition.
As many of you know, we were gearing up for our first stable release, version 1.0, in conjunction with announcing our plans for the future of voice projects at Mozilla. Most of the technical changes were already landed, and we see no reason not to ship it. We’ll be releasing 1.0 soon and encourage everyone to update their applications. I would like to thank all of the people who invested their time and effort to make it possible for this project to get this far. It would not have been possible without you all.
In a world where more and more people prefer to interact with their devices using voice, it’s more important than ever to have open source, privacy preserving solutions that enable anyone to innovate in this space, outside of the control of the big cloud services players. DeepSpeech is a result of our effort to address this by building an easy-to-use, open source speech-to-text solution that can be easily integrated in many platforms, programming languages and types of applications. No other open source solution comes close to the accuracy, maturity and ease of use of our tools.
In this moment of uncertainty, we ask all of you to help us make DeepSpeech even better by continuing to open issue reports, make pull requests, help each other on Discourse, and build things using DeepSpeech. Until a proper decision is being made regarding the future of the project, we will “keep the lights on” and try to address existing issues and review your contributions to the best accommodation we can in the scope of our new roles.