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The Reality of Voice Conversion Software and Hardware

I am a long-time Futurist, and technologist. In my career, I have spanned the birth of personal computers, to the rise of Cloud Computing.


This text was created with Dragon Dictate

One of the things that I often consider is a technologist is what comes next. In finding what comes next, I'm usually looking at things a little differently than a lot of people do. One of the things that I've been considering for a long time is the reality of voice recognition. For example, this piece is something I created using the Dragon dictation system. Dragon Dictation is a system that allows you to use your cell phone and your high gain cell phone microphone as recording the dictation system. The software automatically using its connection to the cloud, converts your spoken words into text.

One of the first things I tried when I got Dragon dictation was using it to convert conference calls to text the problem with that is, of course, the conference call doesn't always have the same speaker the same volume in the same consistency of the voice. But it did a passable job it got more than 60% of the words correct from the 6 to 9 speakers on the conference call. Not something that I'm giving up on, I have tried conference call dictation systems before. There is a number out there, and there are several different ways you can solve the problem of being on a conference call and converting the conference call into text.

I think someday when we move closer to the information age, the reality of converting from the various digital to the traditional formats will be a lot easier. We will not struggle; we will simply be able to say convert this to text. Or perhaps say turn this into a picture. Send this via text message. Send this by email. But that's in the future when we reach the information age; for now, we remain on the edge of the information age and the period that I call the age of Internet information sourcing. I still think it's hilarious that back in the day when I was a kid when we argued at dinner, we ran to the encyclopedia and looked it up. Now someone pulls out their cellular phone. Google is the answer, and we move on. It's a lot faster to Google that answer that is, in the end, to run to the encyclopedia look it up to carry the reference back to the kitchen and show everyone.

What happens when the speaker isn't speaking the same language as you?

. So I'd like to talk a little bit about what voice recognition means in the short run the first ball several companies do voice-recognition solutions today. These companies have varying degrees of success depending upon your native accent, your ability to speak clearly, and of course, the type of speaking you do. For example, sometimes Dragon dictation gets very nervous when I talk because I use technology words that it doesn't understand how or know what to do. Sometimes I use some of the local languages that I've picked up over my many years of living in Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana as well as Maryland. Those years of travel resulted in a new dialect of local workers. Dragon Dictation and other dictation software don't always enjoy the concept of dialogue; in fact, the idea of a dialect will cause translation problems.

Another exciting feature in the translation market from digital to text is the even further expanded reality of voice one language to two spoken words another language. Language translation is often accomplished by what is called a translation hardware device, and this market is exploding today. So while the concept of voice transition from digital to text is improving, the newer world of converting one language to another is evolving rapidly. It is incredible to me, sometimes, if you think about the reality of voice translation. I think for media petted me of the concept of voice translation came with the universal translator of Star Trek Capt. Kirk could click on his chest once, and the universal translator would convert whatever language he heard into English. That capability is the basis by which many of the new voice translation systems work. You simply tell the translator with your voice converted from French to English. Then when the person speaking to you in French, says something you don't know the box translation for you. Most of these new translation devices are handheld boxes. They are standalone and do not require an Internet connection. Although many of them include an Internet connection with the box, you simply pay for a sin card, and you're able to use the device anywhere, or you can connect via Bluetooth to your phone and use your phone's Internet. It is a brave new world, and many products in that world are amazing.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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DocAndersen (author) from US on May 08, 2020:

it has really improved! i find it is really accurate now!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on May 07, 2020:

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I have used Dragon naturally speaking in the past and it is faster than typing (for me), however, it took a lot of work to be able to use it, for instance, learning the commands for new sentence, new paragraph, etc. Maybe it has improved now. I know there are apps that can download the speech from a video and write it as text.

DocAndersen (author) from US on April 16, 2020:

i think Travis the Translator has continued to improve - over the last couple of years now supports over 100 languages!

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on April 16, 2020:

Any tool that can help mankind come together and reason with each other, I'm all for it. I don't use translators often but when I do I am usually almost always pleased with the results. It's a whole new world.

DocAndersen (author) from US on April 16, 2020:

It could help you, you are more likely to want to use a more advanced program for doing a whole book. Dragon does a good job with a voice to text.

DocAndersen (author) from US on April 16, 2020:

The new one has really improved!

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on April 15, 2020:

Thank you for an interesting post. I need to translate a whole book from one script to another - perhaps Dragon Dictation can help me.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on April 15, 2020:

I have not had a lot of success with Dragon but that was some time ago and it may have improved since then. There was also quite a learning curve with it. I tried out recently on a video speech and it was very good at getting text from speech- a few whoopsies but not bad. As you say, speech to text will improve.

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