Google Makes Life Easier for Deaf People

March 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Posted in disability, Tech Talk | Leave a comment

From GIZMODO: Today, YouTube is rolling out automatic captioning for all videos uploaded to the service, using Google’s speech recognition service.

There are many reasons for captions on every video: ESL viewers, people in other countries, searchability, not wanting to disturb others, loud locations and automatic translations to other countries.

The captioning won’t be perfect, since Google’s speech recognition isn’t perfect, but it is really, really cool, and is sort of one step toward the goal of speech to speech recognition in real time that Google is aiming for.

I feel like the future is finally coming true. When I was young, speech recognition and the electric car were promised every few years, but it seemed that no significant progress was ever made. Finally, the future is now !


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