posted on Jan, 15 2017 @ 09:32 AM
a reply to: Skywatcher2011
I was in the pharmacy the other day, and they have a TV which, when switched on, is tuned to the BBC news channel (I'm in the UK). For the benefit of
hard-of-hearing patients who may want to know what is being said when the TV is on, it has been set to produce the dialogue as subtitles which
auto-generate based on a computer program which interprets the speech & converts it to text.
The key thing to remember in this situation is that usually, the text is generated after the news anchor/ reporter has said whatever it is that
they're saying. There's often quite funny misquotes which are then corrected by a human who is monitoring the feed, with the corrected text set in a
certain type of perentheses.
Anyway, so I was watching this the other day in the pharmacy, and it was fascinating to see that the auto-text was actually running AHEAD of the
spoken words of the news reporter/anchor. It was directly plugged into the SCRIPT which the anchor was reading from - this is a highly unusual, and
atypical situation. As mentioned, usually the voice is interpreted by a computer program, and there's a time lag between what is said, and the
generation of the text subtitles.
Now it struck me that this cannot be a normal situation. The news anchor was reading loosely from the script, with many little changes in the
expression of the general content of the script. But the script was being put up as subtitles before the anchor spoke from it.
The only time I have ever witnessed the interior of GCHQ (our UK version of the NSA), there was a huge TV mounted above the heads of the operatives at
their desks, and it was tuned to... the BBC news channel. I had a serious moment of "I wonder whether there's a subtle nod here..." Anyway, I found
it to be very entertaining, and it certainly helped pass the time while I was waiting for my prescription.