Google Adds Auto-Captions to YouTube

November 20, 2009 by
Filed under: DAILY Dose of PC News 

In a move to make YouTube the most accessible video site for anyone, particularly the deaf community, Google has announced they’ve now accomplished auto captioning of videos, where people will be able to see what a video has to say.

Captions have been around on YouTube for quite some time, but that said, as PC World states, “the new auto captioning service will exploit the speech-recognition algorithms used in Google Voice to produce captions automatically. Ken Harrenstien, the software engineer who created the new ‘auto-cap’ technology, acknowledges that the captions will not always be perfect right now.”

Harrenstien, who is deaf, states that the technology will only get better and always continue to improve.

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