Google gets into speech to text

Maybe it’s raised conciousness on my part, but voice-to-text applications seem to be gathering pace.  Google is the latest player, offering searchable election video on YouTube’s politicians channels.

The speech recognition software locates keywords entered into a search box and then shows where they crop up on the video’s elapsed time bar.

It means that rather than having to listen to an entire speech, it’s possible to jump straight to the bit you’re interested in.

The software isn’t perfect and context is important but it’s a big time-saver that will unlock key parts of content  that may, in turn, whet the appetite for deeper engagement with the message.


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