Why is Google stealing our voices?
In 2007, Google launched Google Voice Local Search in the United States, a
free and automated phone directory service :
What is the business model of this
free and ad-free service ?
Google is creating a database of phonemes, recorded during calls in order to
better its speech to text1 technologies:
Creation of a Development
Indexing of Indexing of all
of « speech to
phoneme text »
database audio tracks sources
Externalizing tasks onto users (« crowdsourcing 3») is a commonly used
process by Google to improve its products.
1 Converting oral information into text
2 First experiments with political videos posted during the presidential campaign of 2008.
3 Neologism created in 2006 by Jeff Howe and Mark Robinson, Wired magazine editors ..…….
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