Today, on my brand-new Ideos X5 Android smartphone (of which more in a forthcoming post), I tested the voice-to-text option, which is available via a microphone icon on the keyboard. It uses Google Voice, which is available on any computer equipped with a microphone. The results were mixed. Sometimes it produced text that was perfectly coherent, but at other times…well, here’s an example:
I said: “I wonder if it will work – I’ll soon find out.”
Google text: “I got some hoes in Iran.”
I followed up with: “I got some hoes in Iran.”
Google text: “Suck my dick would be useful to the right hands.”
Not quite ready for prime time!
Imagine the technology being used to transcribe Hansard. That would be interesting.