The IDG News Service conducted an interview with Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of Search Products and User Experience, at last week’s Web 2.0 Summit. The interview contained some interesting tidbits, but the one I found most intriguing was the one that says the main focus of GOOG-411 is to get a lot of different speech samples so dialogue can be converted to text for Google Video Search. Google’s speech-recognition engineers said they needed lots of different phonemes, and voice search was a good opportunity. Now I know why their calls are “recorded for quality.” I don’t think I’ll stop using the service, but I will be a little more aware of what I say when I’m talking to Google.
A Motive for GOOG-411
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