MIKE GULLIVER

Deaf geographies, and other worlds.

Chasing the dragon

When I was a kid, “chasing the dragon” meant one of two things, either mainlining heroin, or  the book about Christian missions in China that was sat on my parents’ bookshelf.

Today’s “Dragon” is neither of these two. It is speech recognition software.

It may seem odd that someone who is so aware of the privilege of the ‘speech enabled’ be overtly adopting speech recognition software. However, my body is not as young as it used to be and with RSI on one side and a trapped nerve on the other, my limbs sometimes make it more difficult than they should to type.

Besides which, there is nothing evil about technology, it’s what you do with it that counts.

This post has been written with the software, and without too many glitches.

If nothing else, it’s a first step into accessibility for me personally, and one that might provide me with some interesting insights.

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2 comments on “Chasing the dragon

  1. deafmuse
    August 5, 2014

    Lol I come from Wales a Dragon is our emblem, but, the software cannot decipher a welsh accent, none of the online speech applications can either,I blame the fact the Americans are doing it,and they, haven’t understood English yet. ‘Amercanese’ is the worst ‘language’ online. It’s a techno battle the USA won’t win. The idea, is to swamp the world with USA technology using THEIR idea of what English is, but, it cannot crack our dialects, look up Google and Microsoft to see what a mess they make of it, lost in translation doesn’t go anywhere near covering it. The USA has 4 major languages in use,and cannot crack 3 of them, there.

    • Mike Gulliver
      August 5, 2014

      S’mae… I used to live in Wales, and am a proud supporter of Welsh Rugby 🙂

      I’ll have to get my brother in law (from Swansea) to try it out and see if it can decode him.

      I speak French with a pretty hefty Canadian accent, and I’m not sure how well it would do with that.

      What you say is true though.

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