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.
Maybe it’s just your accent that confuses the phone!
It would probably help if I spoke like an American, but it’s hard to see how my speech could morph so far. I wonder if someone at Google has been playing silly buggers and has set up cocksucking to be triggered by a particular combination of sounds.