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Voices from beyond the e-grave...

In my day-to-day duties I use the "CTRL-V" (paste) function a lot. It comes of mountains of spreadsheets. But I'm a bit clumsy, and there's some key combination--I think it's [ctrl][option][v] that activates the microphone.

I don't have a microphone.

The speech recognition software, as far as I can tell, feeds on whatever random background stimulus it has--maybe my CD player, I don't know what--and tries to decide what I meant to say. The result is strangely like a ouija board's cryptic messages. Here's a particularly long, involved one that I got while my boss was looking over my shoulder as I edited a document for her:


.....Redo total
and some new play here: that the main line in the case you like me when moving to end up to stay at home via a losing interest in men's room.

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I was really reluctant to get back to my work, as this electronic spectre seemed to be making some genuine efforts at communication.

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asterickpup
Jun. 14th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
You have Andrey Markov to thank for that babble. He was a bright guy whose work has helped improve the accuracy of speech and writing recognition. The markov chain technique can also be used to create garbage that sounds oddly human produced.
spottylogic
Jun. 14th, 2005 11:05 am (UTC)
Yay! Is he dead, and communicating through my system? If not, I shall be very put out...
pouch
Jun. 14th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
You've discovered where spam comes from!
hyaenidae
Jun. 14th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
That is well and truly awesome stuff. When you say it aloud it is oddly flowing. I think you found out where Beck got some of their lyrics. ;)
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