Facebook AI has introduced the first high-performance NLP model, called Generative Spoken Language Model. It leverages state-of-the-art representation learning to work with raw audio signals without labels or text. This can lead to a new era of textless applications for any language spoken on earth, even those without significant text data sets. The research group plans to apply GSLM to casual and spontaneous speech data sets where text-based methods struggle. They also plan on showing that this method can be effective for pretraining downstream tasks with few labeled data, like spoken summarization or information retrieval.