Posts Tagged ‘Google Voice’
What the message really said:
I choose to pronounce the poem “A leaf falls, loneliness”, but that’s not really right, and uh, I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who could, uh, pronounce it effectively, who’s still alive.
What Google Voice thought it said:
Hi juice pronounce the palm of leave Falls luminous, but that’s not really right and I think you’d be hard pressed to find some of yourgroup. I’m good pronounce it effectively. You still alive.
Man, I hope Google Voice is still considered to be in Beta. An old friend called today (I’m not sure if it was directly to my number yet, or if it was via my Witticism Dropbox; I guess I’ll find out when I get back my physical phone). Part of what he actually said (quite clearly) was:
I was very proud of myself for figuring out your google voicemail
But Google Voice transcribed this:
Those are gonna suffer here at google voicemail
Which is much more sadistic and much more wrong. I suppose they’re still working on getting it right…
This isn’t an isolated incident; my voicemail transcriptions are 100% unreliable (which is not to say that they are 100% wrong, but wrong enough to be totally unreliable without checking the message manually). Example #2: I call my phone, looking for it around the house. I say:
Hmm… where are you, dumb phone? *sigh* I guess I’ll find you in a minute, bye.
Or you some phone I guess of on June the, but.