TechCrunch: Luther.AI is a new AI tool that acts like Google for personal conversations. “When it comes to pop culture, a company executive or history questions, most of us use Google as a memory crutch to recall information we can’t always keep in our heads, but Google can’t help you remember the name of your client’s spouse or the great idea you came up with at a meeting the other day. Enter Luther.AI, which purports to be Google for your memory by capturing and transcribing audio recordings, while using AI to deliver the right information from your virtual memory bank in the moment of another online conversation or via search.” Putting the privacy issues aside, this could make married couple fights positively incendiary.
The Next Web: How to use Microsoft Word’s new ‘Transcribe’ tool. “Microsoft today announced a new feature for Word: a transcription tool that allows you to get spoken words into your document without you having to type all of them. We’ll show you how to use it.”
UC Today: Otter. ai Launches Meeting Transcriptions for Zoom. “With the new tool out by Otter.ai, Zoom users can open a secure, interactive transcripts directly from video conferences, both during, and after meetings. The company’s new interactive transcriptions come at a time where remote work is more prevalent than ever before. Industries such as distance learning, healthcare, sales, and customer support now depend on video conferencing tools like Zoom.”
UC Today: Otter. ai Launches Meeting Transcriptions for Teams, Zoom. “‘Live Transcription,’ lets meeting attendees open transcripts during a live call and highlight, comment, as well as add photos to live meeting notes. Following a call, end users can leverage ‘Post-Meeting Transcription,’ the automatic downloading of Zoom cloud recordings for transcription. There’s even headset support, a feature that captures both sides of a conversation when using headsets or earbuds. Each feature does require organizations have an active Zoom subscription.”
VentureBeat: Google Translate launches Transcribe for Android in 8 languages. “Google Translate today launched Transcribe for Android, a feature that delivers a continual, real-time translation of a conversation. Transcribe will begin by rolling out support for eight languages in the coming days: English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.”
Motherboard: Someone Turned 50,000 Hours of UFO Podcasts Into a Searchable Database. “a UFO enthusiast and barrister in England who goes by the pseudonym Isaac Koi is transcribing archives of UFO-related shows. So far, he’s catalogued over 50,000 podcast episodes and videos.”
Gizmodo: Google’s New Recorder App Has An Unofficial Workaround, No Pixel Required. “When Google announced the Pixel 4, one of the things we were most excited for was the new Google Recorder app. It could transcribe your recordings live and offline! Around the world, journalists, students, and anyone who might need meeting transcripts raised their eyes heavenward and whispered a quiet ‘Thank you, Jesus.’ The only hitch? The new app was exclusive to Pixel phones, starting with the Pixel 2. But now, there’s an unofficial workaround that should benefit most Android users.”
Google Blog: If it has audio, now it can have captions. “With the launch of Pixel 4, Live Caption is now officially available to make digital media more accessible. With a single tap, Live Caption automatically captions videos and spoken audio on your device (except phone and video calls). It happens in real time and completely on-device, so it works even if you don’t have cell data or Wi-Fi, and the captions always stay private and never leave your phone.” There are plans to work with other Android phone manufacturers to roll out this feature to other phones besides Pixel.
Boing Boing: Open archive of 240,000 hours’ worth of talk radio, including 2.8 billion words of machine-transcription. “A group of MIT Media Lab researchers have published Radiotalk, a massive corpus of talk radio audio with machine-generated transcriptions, with a total of 240,000 hours’ worth of speech, marked up with machine-readable metadata.”
570 News: Google halting speech data transcription in EU. “A German data-protection official says Google has given reassurances that it won’t make transcripts of speech data picked up by its artificial-intelligence system in the European Union for at least the next three months.”
The Verge: Publishers are pissed about Amazon’s upcoming Audible Captions feature. “Earlier this week, Audible revealed that it was working on a new feature for its audiobook app: Audible Captions, which will use machine learning to transcribe an audio recording for listeners, allowing them to read along with the narrator. While the Amazon-owned company claims it is designed as an educational feature, a number of publishers are demanding that their books be excluded, saying these captions are ‘unauthorized and brazen infringements of the rights of authors and publishers.'”
Search Engine Journal: Google Makes Podcasts Searchable by Automatically Transcribing Them. “Google Podcasts is making it possible to search for episodes based on what was discussed in a show. According to Android Police, Google Podcasts is automatically transcribing dialogue and using it as metadata.”
The Distant Librarian: First look at NVivo Transcription. “Almost exactly a year ago I took a quick look at three automated transcription tools, and today there’s another one to add to the mix, though this one’s not free. NVivo has launched an automated transcription service and I’m impressed! I uploaded the same audio clip I used in last year’s shootout, a 40-second snippet from the inauguration of George W. Bush, and here’s what NVivo made of it…”
CNET: Google Slides can now automatically transcribe your speech into captions. “Google’s G Suite is adding automated closed captions to Google Slides, the company said Monday. The feature will roll out to users beginning this week. It works by accessing your computer’s microphone to pick up on what you’re saying during a presentation. It then transcribes your speech as captions, which appear on the slides you’re presenting in real time.”
MIT Technology Review: AI tackles the Vatican’s secrets. “Even church archivists don’t know what mysteries lie hidden in the Vatican Secret Archives, since many of its documents have never been transcribed. A machine-vision system for medieval text is about to change that.”