What the ####: Google’s Nexus One Censors Your Curse Words

by admin January 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

It appears that the Nexus One’s speech-to-text function performs the digital equivalent of washing your mouth out with soap.

Reuters discovered that the innovative voice recognition feature converts swear words into a string of # symbols when rendered into text.

Why the censorship? A spokesperson from Google says the “feature” is less about sanitizing users’ speech and more about making sure curse words don’t accidentally appear in transcriptions erroneously, a real possibility given the early and not always accurate state of voice recognition technology.

Read more: mashable.com