Speech Wreck: Say what???

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question signIt has become quite apparent that speech recognition technology does not always do the best job accurately recognizing what doctors dictate. We wanted to have a bit of fun and see what would happen if we processed dictation the same way speech rec platforms do.

Note: The conversation below has been built from actual speech recognition blunders, with the errors and corrections appearing in bold.

I was in the waiting room the other day and couldn’t help but listen in on a conversation two women were having. I don’t have the best hearing, but I think I heard:

“You know, Val, my little girl, Tess, is all grown up. She got a job in clothing production and rather enjoys it. There is beer interaction and she is part of it, I gather. Friday night is still girls’ night out, but it’s no longer with me!”
“I know how that goes. Just wait until she starts dating!”
“Oh, she already has! She had been dating this one guy, Ryan, but they broke up. She was on the phone with him when the conversation appended broccoli. I don’t know what happened. He’s such a nice guy. He has foreplay ability, and he is the recipient of multiple warts. He sure was better than that man at the hardware store she was crushing on.”
“You mean the one with 4044 children?”
“Yes, that’s the one.”
“Well, what about Bob? He seems like a pleasant young man.”
“I chatted with him for a few minutes yesterday. Turns out he’s married younger children. He said he has a brother who is a constant pain, but I think he mentioned he has been gouged. She’ll find someone soon enough. So how’s
your mom doing?”
“She’s okay. She just started some medical treatment. She is screaming
that she is doing well with her current psychiatric medications, and she takes
it for men. She swims 5 to 6 times per week and does bloat a lot. The other
day we were justice gushing that she appears to be a kidney stone. Carotid!
Look at the time! This doctor is just taking too long. I’ll have to just reschedule. Say hello to Tess. Bye-bye.”
“Bye-bye.”

Perhaps what I really heard was:


“You know, Val, my little girl, Tess, is all grown up. She got a job in clothing production and rather enjoys it. There is peer interaction and she is part of it, I gather. Friday night is still girls’ night out, but it’s no longer with me!”
“I know how that goes. Just wait until she starts dating!”
“Oh, she already has! She had been dating this one guy, Ryan, but they broke up. She was on the phone with him when the conversation ended abruptly. I don’t know what happened. He’s such a nice guy. He has full employability, and he is the recipient of multiple awards. He sure was better than that man at the hardware store she was crushing on.”
“You mean the one with ah, 4 children?”
“Yes, that’s the one.”
“Well, what about Bob? He seems like a pleasant young man.”
“I chatted with him for a few minutes yesterday. Turns out he’s married, young children. He said he has a brother who is a custom painter, but I think he mentioned he is engaged. She’ll find someone soon enough. So how’s
your mom doing?”
“She’s okay. She just started some medical treatment. She is claiming
that she is doing well with her current psychiatric medications, and she takes
Metformin. She swims 5 to 6 times per week and does Pilates. The other
day we were just discussing that she appears to be a getting thinner. Oh crud! Look at the time! This doctor is just taking too long. I’ll have to just reschedule. Say hello to Tess. Bye-bye.”
“Bye-bye.”

 


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