Putting Google Voice message transcription to the test

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One of the most talked-about features in Google Voice is voice mail transcription. To get a sense of how well the machine transcription works, we asked listeners to leave messages at our Google Voice number. Here are some of the results:

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hi i just thought i’d read you the first amendment harrisville making a large back and if that was kind of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or bridging freedom of speech or a price for the rest of the people to use we have several expedition the government’s for regressive griffin says hope google voice works out for you

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5 Responses to “Putting Google Voice message transcription to the test”

  1. Jeff says:

    Not bad .. now try leaving real voicemail messages.

    “Hey Jim it’s Mark .. I’m stuck in traffic and will be late for the meeting” kind of stuff ..

  2. Sara says:

    I’m glad the First Amendment promises several expeditions for regressive griffins.

  3. Jon Gordon says:

    I know, right? What other country guarantees that kind of opportunity?

  4. Marty says:

    I think this represents a huge opportunity for Google to continue the quest for omniscience (sp?), provided that it improves enough that people can use it. (I’m Not so sure from the examples above).

    Every time someone does a Google search, Google knows a bit more about what folks are looking for. Now it can know what folks are talking about too. What a wonderful position in which to be.

    Sentence boundary segmentation and correct capitalization of Proper Nouns would help the readabilty a lot.

    Marty

  5. shelsacks says:

    “Jabberwocky”(sp?) was a great test of Google’s voice-to-print algorhythm. Google failed miserably – but, perhaps it wasn’t really a fair test, since clearly the algorhythm uses a limited dictionary of (English?) words?? Nice try, Google!