By Jared Newman | Sunday, August 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm
If Google Voice is the Swiss Army knife of call management services, speech-to-text voicemail transcription is the questionable nail file. Google Voice’s transcription failures are well-documented around the Internet–entire Web sites are dedicated to these follies. They’re more amusing than frustrating, provided you’ve got a sense of humor. Fascinated with Google Voice’s brand of surreal humor, I set out to find the best (worst) Google Voice transcription errors. I found them around the Web, and collected more from the Technologizer comunity, including our founder. Read on for some examples of why Google Voice transcription still has a very, very long way to go.
Lesson learned: Following awkward confessions by voicemail, Google Voice injects a pinch of ambiguity. [Source]
Lesson learned: Google Voice excels at generating sweet band names. [Source]
Lesson learned: Strange threats abound when the world learns you’re a motor vehicle. [Source]
Lesson learned: Porky Pig takes over transcription when all servers are busy. [Source]
Lesson learned: Split personalities will never divulge your contact information to each other without permission. [Source]
Lesson learned: Before introducing herself, Irmalina Babies always pauses for dramatic effect. [Source]
Lesson learned: For a computer algorithm, Google Voice is really bad with numbers. [Source]
Lesson learned: And that’s how babies are born! [Source]
Lesson learned: Rollout of Google Polygraph is an overnight success. [Source]
Lesson learned: For giggles, Google Voice might get you flagged as a terrorist. [Source]
Lesson learned: Hey, it beats Maserati wienerschnitzel. [Source]
Lesson learned: Sometimes, e-mail and weed just aren’t enough. [Source]
Here are a few sent in by readers:
Lesson learned: No one rides to ass pens for free. [Thanks, Erin!]
Lesson learned: Typecast out of Hollywood, Jaleel White found spirituality as the head of his own telco business. [Thanks, Casey!]
Lesson learned: The easiest way to show courtesy is to avoid talking about catacombs and death during business. [Thanks, Marques!]
These last ones are from Harry’s own Google Voice inbox:
Lesson learned: Do not underestimate Technologizer’s influence.
Lesson learned: Google Voice does not support separation of church and embarrassing transcriptions.
Lesson learned: Google Propaganda, another new service, works flawlessly.