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November 28, 2005

Podzinger searches audio files for podcasts

Stephen Baker

Podzinger, a new podcast search engine from BBN Technologies, is worth a test drive. Instead of searching audio files for tags, it scans the spoken words, turns them into written words, and searches. I tried it out a few times. It was lightning fast and gave good results.

That said, its natural language programs can still fall short, especially with foreign names. I clicked for Loic Le Meur, the subject of last week's podcast. Here was my intro to the podcast:

Hello, Steve Baker here at Blogspotting. I have today Loic Le Meur. He's a leading blogger in France...

Here's what the software heard:

Hello -- steve baker likes fighting I Have today -- we plumber he's leading blocker in france...

Despite glitches, this software can locate podcasts, and it has lots of promise. The Defense Department just awarded BBN $16.4 million for technology to translate and transcribe foreign speech--a key to intelligence gathering.

01:11 PM

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I wonder when we will finally get speech recognition software right... It feels like people have been working on it forever, yet everytime somebody posts the results of some speech recognition attempts , it makes for a good chuckle... Just like your example did. Pretty funny.

Posted by: Carsten at November 28, 2005 04:03 PM

"steve baker likes fighting" excellent, I wonder what it does with my French accent !!!

Posted by: Loic at November 28, 2005 05:23 PM


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