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Japanese Game Show Voice Recognition Challenge

A Japanese comedy game show challenges a group of six women to pronounce American English words well enough for a voice recognition system to understand. The system does not understand, but takes its best guess anyway. For example, when a contestant tries to pronounce "rhythm," the device hears "Pizza Hut."

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The skit is funny, but it also highlight the difference in phonemes used in the two languages. Hirata, the contestant in the short skirt, is a ringer who speaks both languages fluently. The rest did well enough in their English classes to be understood in context, but only by a real person. The championship round is stupid, asking contestants to guess the other's top insecurity. The game was stopped as their guesses heaped more insecurity on each other. -via Digg 


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