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Google Enables Political Video Search With Speech Recognition, Showcases 3D Technology
The speech recognition technology (also shared with Goog411) produces a transcript of the videos, which can then searched by users of the Gadget to find precise phrases or keywords in speeches or candidate statements on particular issues.
Google is doing this to test out the speech-to-text capability, which it will probably expand more broadly to YouTube videos as a whole and to Google video once the technology is improved and hits certain milestones.
Separately, Google is showcasing 3D technology (in the context of a Radiohead music video) that is intriguing and probably has considerable application in Google Earth/Maps, and perhaps even its new virtual world, Lively.
Postscript: Labnol reports that Google has named this “Audio Indexing” on 9/15/08.