Machine or auto-transcription has been a bit of a unicorn for anyone who has had to deal with long voice recordings, including journalists, board secretaries, lawyers and more. Transcription is time consuming, painstaking and — for me, at least — straight up painful. Anecdotally, people talk about transcription taking at least three times as long as the recorded conversation — if you’re a snappy typist. There are, of course, professional services that will do transcription, but they cost a pretty penny, starting at about R10/audio minute for bulk. Attempts to produce tech solutions for this issue have had mixed success. Dragon Dictation software reportedly works quite well, but you must train it to your voice, so it’s no good if you want to transcribe a conversation, meeting or interview. There are others that offer machine transcription (based on voice recognition) as a cloud service, and I’ve tried several, but none has come closer to the dream of fully automated transcription tha...

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