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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000989.txt from 2001/02

From: "Jim Hobby" <>
Subj: [kl] topic, speech recognition
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 18:55:24 -0500

I can't speak authoratively for CNN, but the major networks and most of the
affiliates use live real-time reporters, writing on steno machines, as they
would in court. I've watched it from time to time -- usually hitting the
subtitle button accidentally -- and what I see is the reporter (1) not
having a clue of what/who they're hearing being talked about. (Some of the
sports names are really fun!) Or (2) simply getting behind and truncating
what is being said. You have to allow for times when a reporter is called
at 3AM because of some emergency or late-breaking news. If you don't have
time to link all the right dictionaries, you can have some exotic
translations. A quick example, "eroded" could suddenly become "he road Ed".

Now, CNN may well be trying speech recognation software. Any time I've seen
that used, it has a lot of very, very peculiar results. Perhaps Ted Turner
thinks it's sufficiently satisfactory to justify the significant reduction
in costs, so he can give his money away to others. <g>


>From: (William Wright)

> This is off topic, but have you tuned into CNN and asked your TV to
>print the closed-captioning, which, I believe, is created in real time
>by speech recognition software?
> They don't have all the bugs out of it yet. <smile>

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