Thursday, July 05, 2012

"Champion In Like 24 Hours"

My job uses voice recognition software for voicemails, and then relays the voicemail to its recipient in an email message.  

In theory, this is a grand idea.  I am able to read a message in much less time than it would take me to listen, especially if the person is a slow talker or if they take forever to get to the point.

In practice, it is the worst software ever created.  

EXAMPLE: I woke up with a migraine at 6:00 this morning, and called my boss to tell her that I was going to take my migraine medication, go back to sleep, and be in later that morning.

I said something like:
"Hi Jude, it's Heather.  It's 6:00 on Tuesday and I just woke up with a migraine. I am going to take a pill and go back to sleep.  I'll be in later this morning, okay?  Bye."
This is the message she got:
"Hi cheers.  Six something and she state theatre cover from migraine and we will catch asleep -- champion in like 24 hours I'm a little later hope that's okay. Bye."
LUCKILY, the software also allows you to listen to the message, which is imperative given the software's shortcomings.



lem said...

Wow. Clearly someone checked the accuracy before purchasing....

Heather said...

I mean, seriously.

At one of my monthly meetings, the head of the committee starts it off by reading some of the more amusing ones aloud. Some are AMAZING.