Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

The joys of entering the age of voice recognition

On the one hand, voice recognition is now much better than it used to be, and that's great. OTOH, that doesn't mean it's perfect.

One of the neat new features in Android is "Note to Self". If I hold the Search button, it pops up a voice-recognition box that accepts several commands. One of those is "note to self", which takes the rest of what you say and turns it into an email to yourself. This is one of those features that I now can't figure out how I lived without, because it's so useful. It shows you the email that it's planning to create, and allows you to add more to it before you send.

But it's still voice recognition, and that's not perfect. It's especially imperfect when I'm using relatively obscure jargon -- for instance, the fact that I grew up calling the toiletry bag in my suitcase a "Dobb Kit". (Which is what my grandparents always called it.)

And that, in turn, is why I find an email in my inbox today that says,
Deodorant for bobcat bobcat medicine kit
I believe we've found a new source of dadaist art...

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