A man, who works for news agency Reuters, decided one very, very boring afternoon to see if his Nexus One’s voice-to-text feature worked. And guess what? It worked so well that the phone’s Android 2.1 voice recognition tool was even able to filter out – and then CENSOR! – his swear words.
Here’s how Google explained the ####ing situation:
“We filter potentially offensive or inappropriate results because we want to avoid situations whereby we might misrecognize a spoken query and return profanity when, in fact, the user said something completely innocent”
And here’s some photographic proof, also from the original Reuters report:
Rather than bang on about FREEDOM OF SPEECH and how EVIL it is of Google to attempt to CENSOR US, we actually think this is an extremely cool little trick. It at least shows that voice recognition technology is actually good enough to spot rude words nowadays.
It will ruin late-night “sexy texting” sessions with the ladies, though…