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?