In the last decade, technology has advanced a lot. Technology enthusiasts love the specifications and capabilities provided by smart devices. Technology is good when it works as expected. Voice-to-text technology is basically asking for trouble. Especially if the words are not spoken clearly so that the device registers them. In addition, the problem is that it is easily accessible to everyone. Anyone can press a button on their mobile phone and start talking. It may end up sending a confusing, alarming, or hilarious message.
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Smartphones are available to everyone - most people use the voice-to-text option. Older generations want to be in trend or make communication easier. This screenshot proves that we can always expect some kind of failure in that combination. This grandpa is probably just starting to learn how to use voice-to-text (hopefully with some help).
His pronunciation was completely clear - the smartphone understood everything. This is good for grandpa, but what grandpa hasn't learned is how to stop it, i.e., how to "hand up." Let's hope someone was there for grandpa and taught him how to use a smartphone. We believe that whoever received his message must have had a sweet laugh. We hope grandpa has made progress so far.
Here's another person who got a voice-to-text on their phone, but this time a confusing message was sent. While gossiping with her friend, this person stopped to order tea. The phone picked up some of the gossip and the order. Imagine if that message was accidentally sent to the person she was gossiping about.
How do you think she would get out of that situation? We see that things are not smooth sailing when it comes to exchanging voice-to-text messages. The message she wanted to send was completely distorted. Hopefully, the person taking the order understood what the girl wanted to drink. Do you think she left a tip after such a message and order?
This example is about a declaration of love (or at least an attempt). We understand lovers who send love messages to their loved ones to remind them how much they mean in life. It's interesting if you're sending such a message in a hurry - as this screenshot shows. This person sends a quick but straightforward text - "I love you."
Those are just two words, but they mean a lot to people. Your partner certainly didn't expect to receive a message that says, "I love YouTube." This is definitely the worst message you can send (trust us, there are worse). Surely this person's partner will immediately understand what happened. We believe they have a great internal joke after this.
Voice-to-text was intended to facilitate communication. But, as we mentioned before, if you don't speak the words clearly, your smartphone will type out what it understood. We don't know about you, but we didn't understand anything in this message. If we look at each sentence individually, it might make sense - but overall, it means nothing.
Although we didn't think it was "1 show, sir, please, family jewels." The wall-to-wall chatter at the beginning of this message is really quite amusing. But imagine the face of the person who received these messages. We think he still has question marks swirling around his head. What's even funnier to us is that the phone translates "ignore" to "egg-nor." We are interested in what accents these people had.
Speaking of fun nonsense, here's another great example. To us, these words look like the lyrics of a song: Waka Flocka rooster booster! To some, it sounds like the name of a reggae band from the 1980s. What does this associate you with? We believe that the person who sent the message was in a very good mood and wanted to share it with the recipient.
But we are also interested in the second part of the message, which also has no meaning. "Karumba do mosquito locker choc Buca?" We don't know if these are inside jokes or just humming, but we know for sure that it doesn't make any sense. Whoever received this message certainly did not understand anything. What do you think?
The problem with voice typing is that your phone will inevitably pick up any background noise. Whether you like it or not. Wherever you are, you have sounds around you. And your smartphone will transcribe conversations taking place nearby. In the case of this screenshot, someone's phone picked up their True Crime podcast.
But it's not that much of a problem when we look at the screenshot. We are interested in how the person who received the message reacted. Or worse, imagine if this person texted their mom. Any mother would surely have a panic attack when she gets a message that her child was taken into custody by the police. Just put yourself in your mom's shoes. How would you react?
Likewise, the person who received this alarming message probably assumed that their loved one had fallen off a mountain. Because we really don't know what other explanations could be for these messages. Getting pleasant messages in one moment, while in the next set of messages, you get information that someone is hurt.
The statement "I'm hurt" raises serious fears for the safety of the sender. Of course, we hope that this occupied SMS sender did not seriously injure himself. What comforts us is that the injury is certainly not that serious. If someone writes a long message and is able to report that he is hurt, it means it's not too bad. But we certainly hope the person is okay at the end of the day.
Did anyone understand what the sender actually said? It would take us ages to decipher the message. It's so frustratingly close to the actual word that voice typing was supposed to get it right. But apparently, we wouldn't understand better than a smartphone, either. Those who have been paying attention will realize that someone on the phone with the insurance company is probably talking about "deductibles" (or, we think so).
But still, the phone decided to register it as a "dead duck double." We wish we were able to see the facial expression of the person who wanted to send the message. It's good that the person checked what the smartphone typed as a message before sending it. After all, who would want to be stuck with the responsibility of a bunch of double ducks? Not us, for sure.
The person who sent this enthusiastic yet creepy message (we believe it wasn't intentional). The message was supposed to be a birthday card, with wishes for the birthday boy to have a fantastic day. But the smartphone decided to pick up the voice message in a gruesome way. Instead of sharing that pleasant message, they told them they hoped to have a "casket for today."
We don't know how we would feel if we received such a message as a birthday card. We probably would have thought at first that we had read it wrong. On the second reading, we would already wonder where we went wrong. Maybe it's a thinly veiled death threat. Who knows? But still, it's just a poorly delivered message. How would you feel in the place of the recipient?
We don't want to make this an age thing and be cruel, but some generations are generally late. Older people find it difficult to cope with being more equipped with technology than others. While there are also generations, who are "digital natives." These are people who have been tapping away at touchscreens all their blissful lives. We find this screenshot really funny.
Someone's dad tried to send a voice-to-text message or just wanted to test how it works. We suspect that this voice-to-text user is just getting used to this feature. We think that someone should teach him better or explain to him how to manage new technologies. As we look at the screenshot, we can imagine him yelling into the phone as he tries to delete the command.
The voice-to-text option is certainly safer on the road than typing messages while driving. This way, the driver, passengers, and other road users are also safer. However, using voice-to-text doesn't necessarily mean you're paying full attention to the road. Don't think we are advising you to look at your phone while driving!
What we mean is that you can look away for a second if you need to. Just take this screenshot as proof. Here we have someone's mom telling them what food they can eat at home. She did not see that the phone had registered her voice while she was cursing other drivers. By the time she realized it, it was already too late - the message had been sent. We have to say we love her style. But still, keep your eyes on the road!
Punctuation is tricky when it comes to voice-to-text. We know that it is normal for some people to shout "period" while hurriedly typing correspondence during dictation. We also know that during the school period, teachers would say "comma" so that students would know how to record their lessons. And all that was used to make things easier to emphasize.
What many people don't know is that voice-to-text doesn't automatically remove punctuation marks. On your phones, you can set them to be recognized by the phone itself. It's just designed so that we don't have to stress about which punctuation marks go. The person sending the message obviously didn't know, but we hope he learned that over time.
At first glance, these messages did not make any sense. We thought the person sending the message didn't even know they were being recorded. Or maybe he speaks with a strange accent. When we took a closer look, we realized that the person who sent this series of messages was trying to ask their friend to bring home a package of sugar-free Swedish Fish.
They end up asking for sugar-chic Swedish meat, which sounds like some kind of new food trend unknown to us. The receiver did his best to understand what the sender was asking him. But Sweeeen fish without sugar? Sugar chic Sween meat? To be honest, did you understand what it was about at first glance? We highly doubt it.
First of all, take a look at this example (screenshot). The first thing you notice is too many "sh" and "balls" all over the screen and messages. Here's another foodie mishap, this time from the person who needs to get the marshmallows. In addition to voice-to-text obstacles, there is also auto-correction.
This may have messed this up in itself, but voice-over is a beast in itself and makes things even messier. In this example, we see that the crossing of those obstacles has led to great confusion. First of all, we have a request for Marsh mall, then Smosh all, then Mosh am you SH ball, and finally Mushball. We believe they would make a good joke out of it. But hopefully, they're done with the mushy balls.
Speech-to-text technology also doesn't work so well when it comes to homophones. If you don't know what that means, homophones are words that sound the same. Although they have different origins and meanings, they sound exactly the same in pronunciation. One example is "I" and "eye." In this case, we are working with "gym" and "Jim."
One is where you work out on a bunch of machines, and one is a man's name that is shortened to James, which turned into a detailed explanation in another message. Apparently, the person wanted to be completely clear about their intentions, but the phone didn't care about that at all. This is funny to us, and we believe it is to the recipient too!
When it comes to brand names, even text-to-text cannot be trusted. After all, can these smart technologies be relied on for anything? Here someone asks someone else if they like licorice, and they try to answer by saying they like Twizzlers. Unfortunately, the phone does not recognize the company name as such. Instead, he suggests some other options.
Some of the suggestions are candy for lawyers and twiddlers. To us, these messages look like the phone was left somewhere, and the cat walked over it. If nothing else, we believe it's an ideal and funny way to get out of a silly situation like this. The recipient is certainly visibly confused. Why not confuse him even more?
The exchange of voice messages to text is a facilitating circumstance for everyone. This includes delivery drivers. A good joke can be made here, but if you run into a backlash from clients, you may lose your job. This leaves the door open for a bit of silliness, as delivery drivers are almost always interacting with people they don't know. And they are always on the move (car, bicycle, or motorcycle).
Which is not always a good thing. In this case, the DoorDash delivery driver tried to address the customer in a pleasant manner (as his job dictates). However, while telling the customer that the restaurant took a long time to process their order - it turned out that they were insulting the customer. When the driver pulled into their lane, as always, bad words were exchanged on the road. We hope he didn't lose his job because of this voice text!
We know there are moments when voice-to-text goes so wrong that you'd rather go back to typing. This is one of those situations where people get annoyed. What we are interested in is whether this person's hands were so busy. Instead of repeating a word many times that the smartphone doesn't register - if he had just taken a moment to write ketchup, it would have been much easier.
Can it really be such an emergency that I can't use my hands? Or was the person just so frustrated that the phone didn't understand? Presumably, this person intended to make the technology docile by repeating it over and over. We are not sure we know the real answer and what actually happened. But we got really upset seeing how many times he repeated it.
The English language has many different accents. When it comes to voice recognition technology, our phones have a preference for certain accents. According to our knowledge, it comes down to such a development because it was tested on a specific group of respondents (with a certain accent). No one designs voice recognition technology with people who mumble or stutter when they speak, okay?
And in this case, there is no voice-to-text technology, nothing to do with accents, but precisely with the person who mumbles while speaking. His messages are really not understandable, neither to the recipient nor to us. And apparently, Siri doesn't understand it either, as the recipient noticed. Hopefully, he's started talking more sensibly or just started typing.
This voicemail gone wrong made us laugh a lot. Both sides of this conversation made an innocuous conversation interesting. It appears that someone's friend is about to physically attack them. Actually, it wasn't supposed to turn out that way! Instead of saying that they would "hunt" their friend in the corridor, i.e., that he would look for him when he was around, his phone said otherwise.
Instead of catching the phone, he registered it and, in the end, announced that he was going to "hit him." The hunting part doesn't sound good to us either, but it's definitely better than hitting (although it's jargon). The twist happened at a moment when the friend (who was threatened) was not disturbed. He took advantage of this situation and turned it into a joke, saying that he liked the punch part better.
As we have already mentioned, older generations have a hard time keeping up with the rapid development of smart technology. This is another example that gave us a headache. Although someone's grandmother tried to send a text with a list of things she needed, the message ended up being full of gibberish, for which we needed a translator.
We didn't understand anything about Grandma, and we really tried to decipher her. We hope we're not the only ones who don't understand anything here (otherwise, shame on us). Hopefully, the recipient understood what Grandma wanted or ended up calling to find out. We believe that after this message, he sat down with his grandmother and explained to her how the device works. If nothing else, at least to make it easier for them to communicate with their grandmother.
We know that children see play in everything and always find a way to have fun. This time someone's child picked up the phone and imagined talking to someone. It's all normal, he probably saw his parents talking to someone on the phone, and he just imitated them. Which is actually sweet, right? His game got even funnier when his parents realized that voice-to-text had been turned on.
In this way, his imaginary conversation was recorded. Just look at how sweetly he laughed with his friend using an imaginary conversation. This kid actually had a very entertaining conversation, by all accounts. After all, who would have the heart to interrupt him or get angry at his way of entertaining? We believe that his parents will keep this message and screenshot until the boy grows up.
A lot of voice-to-text errors come when people try to record a message when they actually record everything around them. As we already mentioned, your smart device buys all the sounds around you. In this case, someone was trying to record voice-to-text or just forgot they were going to do it. He interrupted that by wanting to say hello to his cat, which resulted in confusing messages.
The recipient is probably still scratching his head, trying to understand what was written or spoken. By making loud noises and looking for the cat, the message seems to be affected by the echo. As if someone in the cave tried to send a voice-to-text message. If anything, we all had a good laugh because of this conversation.
This is a really special message. Its content didn't give us a headache but made us dizzy. When we read this message, we like to imagine what the person sending it might have looked like. We do not know if there is a problem with stuttering or, for some reason, a huge echo was created, which was completely picked up by the smartphone. Do you understand what the sender wanted to say?
It took time for us to understand the whole message. According to our assumptions, he said, "I'm sorry to hear." But he saw that the phone did not understand what the person wanted to say. For some reason, he thought that after many repetitions, the phone would understand. He then proceeded to say, "sorry to hear." And he repeated all the messages like that until he probably ran out of breath.
Here's another voice-to-text error that conveyed a radically different message. This time the phone had no manners, and it didn't pay attention to the dictionary. So he sent what he understood instead of what he should have. Someone organized a folk music festival and decided to pass on the details to the invitees.
Instead of typing out a message once and forwarding it to everyone he wanted to invite, he decided to notify them with a voice-to-text message. As a result, the phone made this event sound completely different. The festival that the phone understood had nothing to do with folk music. Yes, whoever sent the message soon noticed the mistake. But not fast enough. This way, the folk music festival has become much more interesting.
In all the examples so far, people have repeated the words many times because the phone didn't understand them properly. Well, here's a recommendation for all those whose instructions the phone doesn't listen to. If you see that your phone does not understand you, do not repeat it. Pick up your phone and type what you want to say.
This way, you prevent confusion and mistakes, which takes a lot of your time. In our valued experience, trying to correct errors only results in doubling the problem. Or even creates complete confusion for the recipients. This voice-to-text screenshot is a perfect example of what we're talking about. This person also repeated, trying to get the phone to understand him. In the end, it resulted in a freestyle rhyming!
When a voice-to-text error occurs, as we've already mentioned, a number of problems can arise. As you have seen in the previous examples, mistyped text results in violence and abusive language. Some were told they would be hit, and another person was threatened by a delivery man. Why? All because of misspelled messages. Technology is turning violent really fast, whether we like it or not.
A number of problems arise, but a particular group of problems results in it being a risky game with friends and family. In this conversation, we see that someone is being seriously threatened. To be honest, we were not comfortable reading these messages. Namely, the working mom was trying to get help to bring groceries. Instead, the recipient received a series of threatening messages addressed to a woman named Karen.
This is one of the examples that made our stomachs hurt from laughing. We absolutely enjoy these kinds of misunderstandings, especially when they involve people who least expect it. This wonderful grandmother wanted to send a message to her grandchildren that she loved them. Namely, as you have had the opportunity to see, the devices are very sensitive to sounds in the environment. Instead of a loving message, Grandma sent a horrible note.
Grandma was watching a baseball game and was pretty pissed off about the score and probably the action. Wonderfully, when she realized that she had accidentally sent an offensive message, this grandmother sent her a sincere apology. She even tried to explain what it was about so that her grandchildren would not get angry or offended. Like all grandmothers, she claims that "the message thing is so sensitive." But we have to admit this grandma knows technology.
This is another example of the inconvenience that can happen thanks to voice-to-text messages. This screenshot shows exactly that type of error. Someone was planning to buy a mattress, and she informed her partner about it. She also asked for help choosing a mattress, which seems completely harmless and normal, right? The problem is that the device registered the word mattress as the word mistress. So it turned out that this person was not shopping for a mattress, but the mistress was asking for help from her partner in choosing.
It's funny, of course. But none of us would like to find ourselves in that situation, in which both the recipient and the sender were. Fortunately, the person who sent the message noticed the mistake immediately and corrected himself with a laugh. We are interested in what would have happened if she had not noticed and corrected herself. Just imagine the level of stress and misunderstanding that would be.
Earlier on this list, we saw the results when someone searched for their cat. This is almost the same situation as the previous one, only this time, it involves a dog. Someone accidentally recorded himself talking to a dog while simultaneously trying to record a voice-to-text message. We can't blame these people. We love our pets too.
We also understand the recipient, who was not clear when he received the message. Even we wouldn't understand at first what actually happened while typing the message. To us, this seems like a beautiful gesture where someone stops everything to greet the dog. As they do so, their phone records them and sends their greeting to the human instead. We sincerely support all people who do the same!
In our estimation, this screenshot looks just fine. But on second glance, the situation is a bit awkward. We believe that you did not immediately notice the problem either. There aren't even any typos, which this series of pictures isn't! This is one of the worst mistakes that can happen to someone. Just imagine that someone sold a car for $15. The problem with a text message full of nonsense compared to this problem is a piece of cake.
When you send an incomprehensible message, the recipient will at least assume that you typed or said something wrong. In this screenshot, someone was trying to tell their mom that they filled their car with gas for $15. But unfortunately, using voice-to-text, it ended up looking like they sold it for $15. In this case, if we were in the role of the mother, we believe that a huge drama would follow. How would you react?
If phones aren't great at recognizing words, names, and accents, who do you think can handle all that? While looking at this picture, countless questions arise. Someone's mom tried to give her daughter a nickname, which is totally okay; all moms do that. We are used to the fact that nicknames arose from closeness with dear and beloved people.
But we're wondering how this mom managed to name her daughter, whose name is Rebecca, give her a nickname Baxter? It would be clear to us if she said this name by accident, but this mom repeated that nickname more than once. Interestingly, phones are not programmed to recognize family nicknames; we don't even know how it could be done. We have learned so far that the phone writes what it understands. Nothing here is clear to us, is it to you?
The first thing that came to our mind was what happened in the recipient's head when he read these messages. Imagine receiving this text message and trying to extract any meaning from it. Each segment of the message has a different meaning and carries with it a specific theme. At the same time, the topics inside the message have nothing in common. As we can see in the last message, it was explained how this message came about.
The sender pressed the record button but was completely oblivious to the sounds around him. The recording of the message took place while the sender was ordering dinner, and two elderly women next to her were talking about a home for the elderly. The message is a sublimation of all those conversations at once. Result Recipient Received: Lamb Liver Motivation, Milton Vegetable Salad Lasagna. To be honest, does that sound delicious to you?
This is just one of a series of screenshots that show the irregularities that arise when it comes to voice-to-text capability. Only this time, someone was proud of himself, realizing that he had successfully learned how it works. This person immediately caught a reason to brag and congratulations on a successful study!
While other voice-to-text newbies were nervously asking, "how do I press send?" this person praised himself. For which he has every right! He ends his test and attempts to learn with "Great." We believe that this person sent each subsequent message using the voice-to-text method. Can you imagine what this person's messages sounded like? Let's hope that the people he sent messages to didn't suffer too much and that they celebrated her small successes with her.
In this list of our mistakes, we barely mentioned Siri. Although many people blame Siri for errors when, in fact, they are to blame (but who are we to judge that). We really must not forget to mention her share of mistakes. We believe she is a wonderful scapegoat for all our phone's faults. This person certainly took the opportunity to blame Siri - despite their negligence.
In addition to the party invitation that Siri should have sent, she also sent the rest of the conversation. She admitted that the wrong button had been pressed, although she continued to talk. Of course, the phone picked up all the sounds and words in its vicinity. We just don't know if these people really think that smartphones can be so smart and determine things by themselves or what?
This is another example that, at first glance, looks quite ordinary. In these messages, everything is written entirely correctly, and in a way, everything written makes sense, right? It seems like an innocuous conversation until you take a closer look. Did you figure out what went wrong in the conversation?
If you saw a big man holding a girl by her hair while walking his dog, you certainly wouldn't think that this is something that should be enthusiastically shared with others. After all, who would find such a sight normal? It turns out that this person was actually describing a "hair band." So here's another person who doesn't pronounce words correctly. But certainly, the recipient got the hang of it pretty quickly and turned everything into a joke.
This message begins as a pleasant and thoughtful text. However, we don't know if we find it funny or nasty what the message turned into. A conversation between romantic partners (or maybe family members) should have flowed normally with a lot of emotion involved. But if that was the case, their conversation wouldn't have ended up on this funny list. Again we have the opportunity to see a person who sees the mistake (the smartphone does not recognize the word) and continues to repeat the same.
Fortunately for us, the repetition of words did not last long this time. Namely, that mistake turned into a chaotic series of rather childish words. The person who received this message must have frowned and was ready for an argument (or so we imagine). And we do not judge because this text has become meaningless and disgusting. Of course, we all have different types of humor, but this is somehow too much for us.
Though there weren't many people shouting commands at their phones? Well, you were wrong. This is another example of someone who thinks that barking "delete" at the phone will actually get the device to listen. People believe that they achieve any effect that works in their favor with noise and shouting, but they are dangerously mistaken.
When you're surrounded by people, and you know they're loud and cursing, do you really think it's wise to use voice-to-text to send a message? Imagine if he sent this message to his boss. As we can see, what results is a series of "delete, delete" messages and an increasingly angry person. Did it solve the problem? Not really. We sincerely hope they learn a lesson from this. When you have a lot of sounds around you - tap the message. After all, tapping won't put you in uncomfortable situations!