Is public media ready for machine transcription? (A Socratic dialogue)

A conversation between Peter Karman of Pop Up Archive & Andy Kruse of American Public Media on the trade-offs between access and accuracy when it comes to machine transcripts for media.

Andy Kruse:

If I thought we could start working with someone now and the accuracy would be five 9s by the time we turned it on, that would be assuring. But people have thought this technology is close for years now. The future always seems annoyingly just out of reach.
Just kidding. There is no audio in the future. We’ll just swallow pills.

Peter Karman:

The red pill? Or the blue one?

Is public media ready for machine transcription? (A Socratic dialogue)

A conversation between Peter Karman of Pop Up Archive & Andy Kruse of American Public Media on the trade-offs between access and accuracy when it comes to machine transcripts for media.

Andy Kruse:

If I thought we could start working with someone now and the accuracy would be five 9s by the time we turned it on, that would be assuring. But people have thought this technology is close for years now. The future always seems annoyingly just out of reach.
Just kidding. There is no audio in the future. We’ll just swallow pills.

Peter Karman:

The red pill? Or the blue one?

Image Credit: stenographer vacancy by Bob May

Why are newsrooms around the world using Pop Up Archive?

If you’re in the audio world, you’re probably no stranger to the concept of “logging tape.” Historically, transcribing audio has been one of the most tedious yet essential parts of putting together an audio story.

Read how producers use Pop Up Archive to speed up their production process.

Image Credit: stenographer vacancy by Bob May

Why are newsrooms around the world using Pop Up Archive?

If you’re in the audio world, you’re probably no stranger to the concept of “logging tape.” Historically, transcribing audio has been one of the most tedious yet essential parts of putting together an audio story.

Read how producers use Pop Up Archive to speed up their production process.

From the archives of Illinois Public Media: 

“The real challenge and the test of the seventies becomes a question that will extend into the twenty-first century: Will mankind rid itself of its evils of man’s inhumanity to man, or will he perish in the fires of his inability to do so?”  

Liberation: Directions for the 70’s, from “Black World Perspective,” L.F. Palmer, February 24, 1971 

From the archives of Illinois Public Media: 

“The real challenge and the test of the seventies becomes a question that will extend into the twenty-first century: Will mankind rid itself of its evils of man’s inhumanity to man, or will he perish in the fires of his inability to do so?”  

Liberation: Directions for the 70’s, from “Black World Perspective,” L.F. Palmer, February 24, 1971 

Pop Up Archive has a podcast! In Popcast from Pop Up Archive, follow along as host Eliza Smith resurfaces and reexamines forgotten sounds in our this series of intimate micro-podcasts. Episode one is now live:

O my Homunculus: The proto-podcast about Sylvia Plath

With all the talk of a “golden age” of audio, it can be easy to forget that producers have been putting together intimate, conversational audio pieces for decades. In this Popcast, hear about the surprising podcast-like feel of a 1972 radio documentary about Sylvia Plath.

Play now on Audiosear.ch or Pop Up Archive, along with a full machine transcript.

Established at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library in 2010, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life holds a number of rare and newly digitized recordings. Among these recordings is a historic 1956 speech from Golda Meir, then Foreign Minister of the State of Israel, who became Israel’s fourth Prime Minister in 1969.

Speaking to the Israel Bonds Development Corporation of America, Meir says: “No sooner did we [Israel] declare our independence then we were in the midst of a very bitter struggle for our very existence.”

https://www.popuparchive.com/tplayer/12178/%5BGolda%20Meir%2C%20Foreign%20Minister%20of%20the%20State%20of%20Israel%2C%20for%20Israel%20Bonds%20Development%20Corporation%20of%20America%5D