May 5, 2018

  • Thought looks pretty amazing. This explanation of their technology also makes a great intro to how machine learning works in general.




August 17, 2002

  • Thought

    A good New York Times article on the foibles of voice recognition.

    For example, here is a list of “wordos” that author David Pogue’s software created (some quite funny):

    bookmark it -> book market
    Motorola -> motor roll a
    modem port -> mode import
    a procedure -> upper seizure
    and then stick it in the mail -> and dense thicket in the mail
    movie clips -> move eclipse
    I might add -> I my dad
    inscrutable -> in screw double
    hyphenate -> -8
    suffocate -> Suffolk 8
    a case we summarily dismissed -> a case we so merrily dismissed
    or take a shower -> Ortega shower
    the right or left -> the writer left
    oxymoron -> ax a moron
    ArialPhone guy -> aerial fungi

    Still, I can’t help thinking that voice input is inevitable — as are translation errors. I wonder if it is possible that humans will modify pronunciations to accommodate the machines. This would be analogous to Newton failing in writing recognition but the Palm succeeding because it used “Graffiti” a made up alphabet. It was easier for the humans to learn to deal with the ambiguity than the machines.