Saturday, March 27, 2021

Voice-to-Text

Voice to text, which I am now calling voice-to-joke, is not good at Native American names, which occurs throughout the country. Piscatasquog is rendered as "biscuit a squawk."  My particular app is clearly racist.  Someone needs to come up with a woke version of voice-to-text.

7 comments:

Unknown said...

About 10 years ago a few of my foreign colleagues had a phone service that did voice-to-text transcription of their phone messages, and the non-English ones were always a hoot to read.

It was quite useful for creating unique nicknames for people.

We've been watching an online church service each week where the scriptures are read in both English and Spanish, and the Youtube subtitles of the Spanish always make us giggle. Of course sometimes the automated transcription of English makes us giggle also.

Douglas2

Harold Boxty said...

Despite billions of dollars, Google maps navigation is still terrible with Spanish street names. What happened to muh diversity, equity, and inclusion?

james said...

English, admittedly spoken rapidly with a slight accent, is also recorded for posterity with some interesting features.

"So we have panels in a kind of 23 Angular shape we have two more panels on the center. We have the field over the center and then we have these Korean painters, which should be located in a long time chase but they weren't in these installation because"

...

"So here is our instrumentation plan for the future we submitted the plan to instrument the ice footprint in the last seminar in New York last year, and the original tentative plan was to ship station Popol this upcoming season so we are producing painful
painful stations with the panels and pianos taxis from Katie and without with providing the Michael x by the late summer so we're, we're following this plan."

Zachriel said...

Then there’s Shirley:
https://www.vox.com/2015/9/18/9348821/photography-race-bias

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Interesting that the writers at Vox were convinced that the preference for lighter skin is learned and learned early. I don't know if there is evidence that it is learned rather than innate. But that's their political belief, so they just roar right by that.

Babies of all races have lighter skin, rounder faces, and bigger eyes, and we like lighter skin, rounder faces, and bigger eyes, which is part of why Japanese Anime became so quickly popular rather than being instantly dismissed as creepy.

Zachriel said...

Assistant Village Idiot: I don't know if there is evidence that it is learned rather than innate.

Preference for lighter skin is widespread, but not universal. It appears to be related to being a proxy for wealth. In most traditional cultures, work is conducted outside, while the rich are more sheltered from the sun. An interesting counterexample to the preference for lighter skin is how the tanned look became popular in the West when most work was conducted inside and tanning became a signifier of the leisure class.

Mike Guenther said...

Lighter skin could also signify that you just got out of Leavenworth after a 15 year stretch. ;)