A lot of people ask me whether I am worried about the development of speech recognition systems, which admittedly are getting more advanced year on year. Simply put, these systems have the ability to hear human speech and transfer it in real time into digital text, which can then be used in the same way a standard transcript would be.
I have looked into these systems over the years, and so far I haven’t seen anything that would make me nervous. Whilst such systems can be useful, especially for very long periods of audio, where only a very rough transcript is needed, this is really all they are currently good for.
Global Lingo is in the market of high-end transcription and added value services such as minute taking and well written reports. We provide documents that have been professionally written (by a human being) and then proofread by a second set of equally qualified set of eyes. It is not possible to write this kind of document using speech or voice recognition software. Our clients pay for this kind of service as they don’t want to have to trawl through every document they receive looking for errors (and believe me there will be many from a speech recognition document).
Below are some problems with speech recognition:
This is why I am not worried so far!
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