Month: October 2019

“Okay Google”! How Do You Interpret Me?

“Okay Google”! How Do You Interpret Me?

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Sphinx offers you a riddle to solve before you continue reading:

A blind Chinese man had a house on fire, went to his deaf and mute American neighbor to ask for help. How will the mute tell the blind about the catastrophe if the two don’t speak each other’s languages?

Many riddles appear every day, yet many fascinating solutions technology offers for the industry of machine translation and transcription.

And that was the first phase of Google advancing their machine translation. It takes what you want to “say”, and views it typed on the screen. Thus, this is a good solution to the Sphinx riddle.

The blind will address his speech to a transcription machine to convert it into a typed translated text to be read by the mute in no time.

But Sphinx isn’t technologically advanced. Yeah, at least we are!!

In Sequence-to-Sequence Models Can Directly Translate Foreign Speech, a paper published by Cornell University, the researches explained the powerful new method of translation. The encoder-decoder deep neural network architecture directly translates speech in one language into text in another, trained and unsupervised.

Furthermore, researches continued to skip this step of transcribing the audio of the source language that is done by the auto-recognition engine, to translate directly from the audio in a zero-shot performance. Like these apps here.

Are we there yet?

Not yet. In the International MT Summit 17” held in Dublin, 2019, there were researches to even translate audio to audio. So instead of this process of speaking to the engine, then transcribing them first, then translating it, and then produce it in a translated voice. It happens even in a more Zero-Shot process.

Suggestions to this were even farther. It included personalization and gendering. So when a man talks in Chinese it will be interpreted into English with the same man’s voice. Surprisingly, if it’s a female, the same thing will apply. No machinal voices anymore. Only in-person humanly pure voice.

But how does the machine understand voice AND produce an interpretation of it?

I am Cortana, What Can I do Now
I am Cortana, What Can I do Now

A good question was asked in Quora saying does the computer understand a language while its language is only 0 1, which also might answer the question of, how does google, and other voice recognition systems respond to us.

“Sound is made up of information, just like words, or numbers. Sound is analog in nature, and is represented by frequency (pitch) and amplitude (loudness) over time. More complex sound, i.e. songs, contain multiple frequencies being played at the same time.”

Thanks to neural network, this is exactly how we train the machine. As the engineers give the machines bits and pieces of the audio, we call it “samples”. The audio gets divided to bits that the engine receives shorter than just a click. Collecting all of these bits together forms the full audio. That’s the normal way of it.

 

The trend is now rising to convert and jump above these audios. For example, the machine is trained to interpret Chinese into English, and another machine is trained to interpret English into Arabic. The future interpretation machine will interpret Chinese…. and VOILA Arabic COMES OUT directly in one move in no time.

A final apology to Shakespeare who once believed that “Tomorrow will never come”, because technology is finally here.

Try Google’s interpretation and other good apps for interpretation share your experience with us.

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7 Tips to Improve Your Medical Transcription Skills

7 Tips to Improve Your Medical Transcription Skills

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Medical transcription is all about speed and accuracy, which can be a tricky combination when you’re required to write about health conditions and actual human beings. Time efficiency is a must, and transcripts are usually needed as soon as possible so you need to be comfortable working to quick turnaround times.

So how can you ensure that your work meets the highest standards of quality while also taking the shortest amount of time possible? Practise! Practise makes perfect, and that statement couldn’t be truer when it comes to medical transcription. Keep reading to learn 8 tips that can improve your medical transcription skills.

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Infographic: Transcription Services – A Free Beginner’s Guide

Infographic: Transcription Services – A Free Beginner’s Guide

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We all know that transcription involves the conversion of any audio/video format into a written form, and this term has increasingly been in use ever since 17th Century. So now when, quick and efficient transcription services are the need for all major business sectors, it has become vital to have a thorough understanding of the subject.

Hence, concerned over this fastest growing legitimate work option in the US, GMR Transcription brings to you A Free Beginner’s Guide. This knowledge sharing infographic will not only help you in understanding the transcription process better, but will also facilitate your goal setting as a transcriber.

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12 Skills that Employers Look for in a Medical Transcriptionist

12 Skills that Employers Look for in a Medical Transcriptionist

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Medical transcription is an in-demand profession that offers good remuneration and the possibility of flexible working arrangements.

For instance, many transcriptionists have the opportunity to work remotely from home, providing they have the space to work in and the necessary technology to connect with the various parties involved.

But medical transcriptionists work with technical medical language and are required to deliver accurate transcriptions, often within short time frames. And it’s for this reason that employers look for a range of complementary qualities and skills when seeking to add new medical transcriptionists to their teams.

The following are 12 of the most important attributes to have when seeking a career as a medical transcriptionist.

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The top 5 skills you need to become a pro-transcriber

The top 5 skills you need to become a pro-transcriber

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Thinking of becoming a freelance transcriber?

After all, how hard can it be right? Download an audio file. Listen to it on the go. Settle down and type out what you hear in a word processor. Simple right?

Well, not really.

Becoming a pro transcriptionist requires some work. Good transcripts pop. The conversations fizz and flow. Accurate transcriptions glow and show.

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10 Necessary Skills of a Transcriptionist

10 Necessary Skills of a Transcriptionist

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Working as a transcriptionist may classify as a menial job, but general transcription actually takes as much hard work and dedication as other jobs do. Yes, anyone can learn how to transcribe to be a freelancer but can everyone actually do a great job at it? Here are the necessary skills of an effective transcriptionist:

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Transcriptionists

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Transcriptionists

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Transcriptionists don’t have the luxury that interviewers and stenographers have, being able to pipe in now and again with a “Sorry—what was that?” “Could you spell that?” “Would you mind slowing down a little?” By the time we get the file, the speaker is long gone. There are a few habits that transcriptionists can develop, however, to consistently put out a good product.

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How To Get Started As A Transcriptionist

How To Get Started As A Transcriptionist

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Becoming a transcriptionist is a very straightforward way for people to make money from home. However, getting started in transcription can be tough due to the high competition in the industry and the increasing demand of general transcriptionists day by day.

If you are a newbie in the transcription industry or are looking for answers on how to become a transcriptionist, then you’re in the right place. This is a complete guide for you to learn everything front to back about how to become a transcriptionist.

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10 Things You Must Know Before Becoming a Transcriptionist From Home

10 Things You Must Know Before Becoming a Transcriptionist From Home

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Working from home as a transcriptionist can be a fun and exciting career for those who have excellent attention to detail and a strong work ethic. The following questions will help you determine whether or not working from home is a good fit for you.

A transcriptionist is a professional typist who listens to recorded or live audio files and converts into text format what they hear. They offer their services to medical, legal, and general transcription industry. To learn more about what a transcriptionist does, click here.

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