Advances in tuba-to-text conversion

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My dad accidentally texted me with voice recognition…while playing the tuba

(h/t Chris Waigl)

[Update: Mark Liberman suggests this might be some artful fakery. See: "Another fake AI failure?"]


  1. MattF said,

    November 19, 2016 @ 7:26 pm

    Is Google Translate now going to add 'Tuba' to its list of languages?

  2. Alex said,

    November 19, 2016 @ 8:56 pm

    That seems interesting how different languages handle sound to text of onomatopoeia.

  3. Erik said,

    November 19, 2016 @ 9:39 pm

    I tried this with a trombone today. All I got was "hello wrong hello hello hello hello…"

  4. Zeppelin said,

    November 19, 2016 @ 10:14 pm

    I am reminded of this:

  5. Jerry Friedman said,

    November 20, 2016 @ 9:44 am

    Surely his father was playing "Oom Papa Oom Papa…"

    As a birdwatcher, I wonder whether this raises the possibility of finding out what bird songs really sound like. Is the White-throated Sparrow's song "Old Sam Peabody Peabody Peabody" or "O sweet Canada Canada Canada"? Does the Great Kiskadee say "kiskadee" or "Christopher" or "bien te veo" or "bicho feo"? Do we have to change the name of the Black-capped Chickadee?

  6. mira said,

    November 20, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    I like "Who who who do we know who who World War will do… woo woo woo who killed who". I think there's a message in here about Gavrilo Princip.

  7. Rodger C said,

    November 20, 2016 @ 12:40 pm

    A novelist of my acquaintance once posted that his voice-recognition software, sitting idle but turned on, kept popping up with words like "womb" and "whom" at odd intervals. He finally realized that trucks were passing on the highway.

  8. Adam Roberts said,

    November 20, 2016 @ 5:46 pm

    " … the Tubabel fish …"

  9. KeithB said,

    November 21, 2016 @ 9:37 am

    So Google is the same in Tuba and English?

  10. John said,

    November 22, 2016 @ 11:44 am

    who who who do we know?
    who who who who who who?
    woo woo woo woo woo
    hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo
    world war two
    will do.

  11. John said,

    November 22, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    …huh, I guess I imagine the "two". My brain must have filled it in just because it… rhymes better?

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