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Speech Recognition

Welcome to the future of computers. Using speech technology like IBM's ViaVoice program, soon computers will be able to understand this as we speak. Of course we all ways to go still. Speech recognition still has a number of flaws. And you have to train traded your own voice. Like the old and new to PA. Which had problems with handwriting-recognition, speech recognition try its best to understand what you said. However occasionally have problems like and freckles. And freckles. And get freckles " aha coronas scrolling disks and the jokes Wellses appeared going what I tried right up the use of the new debt adult in this series like 7 all Haute and one of the joke the team up with egg freckles which was a translation whatever was there wrote.

Damn, it's going to be a while before I can actually use this. :)


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Jan. 19th, 2003 12:51 am (UTC)
Yes, I actually dictated that entire post using IBM's ViaVoice for MacOS X.

The 'and freckles' bits were supposed to be 'egg freckles', which is a reference to the old joke in the Doonesbury comic strip, about how ridiculous the old Apple Newton's handwriting recognition was.

I'm afraid I fell over laughing after the third time it failed to recognize 'egg freckles'. The poor parser didn't quite catch up, until I started explaining to a roomie about the egg freckles reference. It never really did sync back up. That last line was only part of what I actually said.
Jan. 19th, 2003 01:04 am (UTC)
Those things are amusing. Mine refuses to recognize the word 'paragraph'. Annoyance. I remember writing a post with it, starting by using the first two lines of a song. "Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away." And then I just read what it'd written. Somewhere in those first lines, it interpreted what I said as 'to the Internet and on' (and that 'to' was on and off later interpreted as through), and the only word it'd constantly recognize was 'internet'. Scary.

Jan. 19th, 2003 06:57 am (UTC)
But even if it were perfect, I already type more quickly than I can speak! Tut!

I do like the way alternate input devices can reduce you to sounding a wee bit confused though. Have already ascertained that all warez kiddies are "us1ng p0ck@t P( h4ndwr1tin8 re(0gn1ti0n," mm hmm.
Jan. 20th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
I read that wasn't a problem on the Newton because the Apple folks made the Newton realize you probably didn't want to write a number in the middle of a word, and such. Progress == grand.
Jan. 21st, 2003 08:47 am (UTC)
One of the nice things about the Newton was that it could learn words if it saw you use them a few times, or alternatively you could explicitly tell it to learn a word. When the Newton couldn't find a word, it would get pretty wild on its guesses however, freely inserting zero for O and such.

The PocketPC doesn't learn words. Adjusting the probability of one word over another seems to be the only adaptation it does. I've figured out that it does include proper names in your address book as dictionary items, however. Accordingly, I've taken some of the words I often write in meetings that it otherwise fails on and I've created address book entries for them. The only down side is that they always end up capitalized, and my address book is full of cruft. (All the last names begin with underscore-space so they're sorted away in one group, at least.)

"Hello, Mr. TRC DispObj!"

"Why VU0 Perforce, you old bastard! How's the wife? How're the kids? How's Preprocessor WTD?"

"Same as always... bit down since Specular Tokenizer came back to town..."
Jan. 21st, 2003 08:51 am (UTC)
On the plus side, I'm doing MUCH better than I was back in November.
Jan. 19th, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC)
The Newton was advanced but certainl not advanced enough to cope with the human condition, as the handwriting interpretation eventually proved. The Palm Pilot did things the right way: it forced humans to write in a manner that they could adapt to with relative ease but was something the PDA had very clear and defined rules for. In essence: instead of teaching the device "our" language, it taught us "its" language. I think that's the baby-step that voice recognition will have to take before it becomes even remotely usable in the big picture. Until then it's mostly going to stay a novelty.
Jan. 19th, 2003 03:26 pm (UTC)
Somehow I think PDAs with voice recognition will fail to sell if we have to learn Esperanto or Doremi to dictate to them. :)
Jan. 19th, 2003 10:02 pm (UTC)
One time a fur with Dragon Naturally Speaking 5 was sitting on IRC and repeating different fur's names without doing any sorts of edits before sending our spoken names back to us.. More amusing was that it was a channel of dragons, who typically have interesting names to pronounce ;>
Jan. 21st, 2003 07:20 am (UTC)
Egg freckles! Ha! I love it!

*warm snugs*

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