1950s Voice Recognition Device


All that fancy circuitry ends up in typewriter output device.

Original article here.
     Posted By: Paul - Tue Sep 01, 2015
     Category: Technology | 1950s

If this actually worked then you know it wasn't MicroTra$hes version.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/01/15 at 10:44 AM
A few other points that weren't included because of space - consider speakers outside the native language recognition programming, i.e. Native Japanese speaker using English . Some sounds within a word or phrase will be formed differently by the non-native speaker. While we humans can "fill in the blanks" and derive meaning, sometimes the speech recognition program has a hard time making the connection.

Another point: My family name can be hard to pronounce for those not familiar with me and even then many of my friends still mispronounce it. I love to hear machines repeat it back. I've heard it pronounced twenty different ways by humans and about the same for speech recognition programs.
Posted by KDP on 09/01/15 at 10:54 AM
Wonder what percent of the words were typed correctly? Dragon Dictate is about 75 to 80% correct and it is supposed to be the top of the line translastion software.
Posted by Jeff on 09/01/15 at 01:55 PM
Then they realized the typewriter couldn't pick up dry cleaning, fetch coffee and blow the boss at lunchtime.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/01/15 at 08:01 PM
Jeff, I think your stats for Dragon Dictate are way too low. Nuance claims 99% accuracy, which I doubt, but any halfway decent voice recognition software these days is certainly at least 90% accurate.
Posted by ges on 09/02/15 at 12:32 AM
One of the problems with voice recognition on computers is after a few drinks, your voice characteristics change and the computer doesn't respond anymore. Kinda like the wife (good lord, he's drunk again).
Posted by GFnKS on 09/08/15 at 10:31 AM
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