Searchable Conversations

Charlene Li writes:

I was thinking the other day that one of the things you can do with VoIP is to record it, using shareware like SoundStudio to record them to your hard drive (look at all of the podcasting interviews being done over Skype). Once its on the hard drive, you could then run speech recognition against the file and create an index that can be searched by, yup, youve got it, Google Desktop Search.

Kinda spooky, isnt it. But think of the real-world applications, ranging from cheaper call center management (theres some software today that does this, like Witness Systems and VoiceLog), to eliminating the need to keep detailed notes from conference calls. My personal dream application: archiving all of my voicemails and being able to search through them, just like my emails.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.