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Dictate and email a wav file. Text file typed by a human is sent back.
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We all know that speech recognition is still a little flakey and probably will be for some time. Why not use the internet to get your documents typed by a virtual typing pool, made up of enterprising individuals who subscribe and accept your typing job under a dutch auction system. They receive your audio file, transcribe it into MS Word, and send it back. Payment, quality control, feedback and disputes are handled via the central admin system (a kind of ebay or elance). The idea must be a winner, when you consider the benefits of anonymity, low international costs, and the sheer scalability of the idea. Perfect for dictating your memoirs, your next novel, political diatribe or coaching manual.
fiedag, May 31 2004

ELance http://www.elance.com/
fiedag's link, linked [yamahito, Oct 04 2004]

Winscribe - Network Dictation Systems http://www.winscribe.com/
[calum, Oct 04 2004]


phoenix, May 31 2004

       Such a service exists (or at least it did last time I was looking for a steno).
DrCurry, May 31 2004

       [fiedag]...and the nobel prize for literature goes to mr.xxx living in a small village in the country yyy.
vedarshi, May 31 2004

       Accept exact change in dollars.
dpsyplc, May 31 2004

       Dictanet still appears to be a type of speech recognition software. True? It wouldn't be able to cope with multiple people having a conversation, whereas a skilled typist could certainly do that. Accuracy and quality can be measured by clients providing a rating for the work done. Have a look at www.elance.com
fiedag, Jun 01 2004

       This is baked on an internal network level at my office, where electronic dictation is passed over a network to a chosen subset of secretaries. Revision is still done on hard copies but there's plenty of software that allows for changes in documents to be tracked. As a sort of private client service, I like this.
calum, Jun 01 2004

       "Dictanet still appears to be a type of speech recognition software. True?"
I was proposing an alternate name. I didn't realize Dictanet was an actual product/service.
phoenix, Jun 01 2004

       I know this doesn't really contribute, but send an MP3 or something, not a WAV or the bandwidth costs would make it cheaper to pay a secretary...
david_scothern, Jun 01 2004

       That's what it says.
k_sra, Jun 01 2004

       What about privacy issues? Physicians leave orders/reports for a transcriptionist over phone, who types the transcript and emails it to the physicians and hospital records department. One of the hospitals tried outsourcing this to a 3rd world company but could not get past the laws/policies regarding medical record privacy issues.
Porsche911, Jun 01 2004

       You could do without the administrative element if the typists could be ranked by the customers indicating degree of satisfaction in an online survey and the lower ranked ones could be cheaper with rankings stored on the coop website.
macrumpton, Jun 01 2004

       But is s/he part of a //virtual typing pool, made up of enterprising individuals who subscribe and accept your typing job under a dutch auction system. // ?   

       If not it's not fully baked.   

       (Also baked isn't necessarily reason for m-f-d. Needs to be widely known to exist.)
RobertKidney, Jun 03 2004

       [calum], I agree an internal network system is likely to work better especially given the regulatory concerns raised up by [Porsche911]. The technology could and should be the same in either case. [david_scothern] thanks, MP3 it is! [shonagon_53] i'm sure you're right, but have you got any examples?
fiedag, Jun 04 2004


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