Easily the most inappropriate voice recognition software blunder so far this year! Responding to an e-mail from a client, what I actually said to my computer: Thanks for your thorough response! But how my Dragon software translated it: Thanks for your poor response! And no, I did not catch the error – not until the confused client replied, asking for clarification.
My only salvation was the fact that my client has a good sense of humor and assumed I was making some kind of joke.
This type of error is an impossible thing for voice software to do as well as a human. If I’d not spoken clearly enough, even a human might hear the same thing: “poor” instead of “thorough.” The difference: a human can understand the context of social norms and recognize that they must have misunderstood because surely a business associate would not openly blurt out an accusation like that.
But not Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Poor Dragon.