Friday, August 05, 2016

Google Needs Thick Scottish Accents

"Google is seeking thick Scottish accents":
The tech giant is on the hunt for people with a Scottish accent to record a set of phrases to help improve its speech recognition software. An employee from speech technology company Appen—which has been contracted by Google—started the search by posting on Reddit, in hopes of finding Scots who will record their voices in return for £27 ($36). The task, which takes up to three hours, involves participants recording phrases such as “Indy now” or “Google, what’s the time?”...

The Scottish accent’s incompatibility with modern speech recognition systems has been well documented.
And the classic skit: