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Google Develops Context-Aware Voice Search For TV 48

Posted by samzenpus
from the give-it-a-name dept.
jfruh writes "Google TV, despite bold predictions from the company's execs, has singularly failed to take over the TV world. Nevertheless, the company is still plugging away, and one development that might have far-reaching implications is its new context-aware voice search. 'Context aware' is the key to revolutionizing the TV-watching experience: you can say the name of a TV show, the name of a channel, the description of a show, or the description of a kind of video you'd like to find on YouTube, and the TV will show it to you."
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Google Develops Context-Aware Voice Search For TV

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  • Hopefully they don't use this technology to eavesdrop and make sneakily custom-tailored ads based on your conversations. Actually, I bet that they (or someone else) will do that.
    • Re:Sneaky ads... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by geekoid (135745) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Thursday November 15, 2012 @07:45PM (#41997619) Homepage Journal

      I like how on Slashdot, the 'evil' thing to do is using info to show you ads that might actual be relevant.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        where what is 'relevant' is decided by the asshole who wants to waste my time with his stupid pitch

        i think it becomes pretty damn evil when you can't even opt out

      • I've got nothing against relevant ads, I just wouldn't want my life being listened to and analyzed. Figure out what shows I'm watching and give me ads based on that, sure. Just don't leave it turned on and gathering data while I'm talking to my family.
      • Re:Sneaky ads... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by TheGratefulNet (143330) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @10:23PM (#41998539)

        ads are never 'relevant'.

        why do you think that its still OK to have a 'push model' instead of a 'pull model'?

        if I am interested in learning about X, I can search for it!

        this isn't 20 years ago when that was not possible.

        today it is. its beyond stupid to keep with the push-style model when there's no GOOD reason for it.

        note, I said GOOD reason. sure, there are reasons but none of them good.

        • Ads can be relevant. The problem is too often they are not and then they are considered intrusive. I would really like some help in wading through the tons of options. A system that learns that I like Myth Busters and Top Gear would hopefully keep the ads about the latest hospital drama away. Ideally it should be a tool to alert me of things I would be interested in and save me from things I am not.
      • We're a year or 2 away from every electronic device you own, actually watching and listening to everything you do, 24/7... and not only that, but understanding the meaning behind what you're saying and doing, not just recording it. If that doesn't scare the shit out of you, then you're fucking retarded. Sure, it's great when Googles using it to sell you toasters... but who the fuck else is going to use it? Nothing but bad can come of this.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Like... I had cable, and I dumped it in favor of higher bandwidth for WoW, but right now I want to watch something that will make me forget the fact that my existence is defined by my patterns of consumption which Google knows intimately and can therefore extrapolate from their database that which will fulfill my dream state for the evening?

    Like that kind of context?

    • Like... I had cable, and I dumped it in favor of higher bandwidth for WoW, but right now I want to watch something that will make me forget the fact that my existence is defined by my patterns of consumption which Google knows intimately and can therefore extrapolate from their database that which will fulfill my dream state for the evening?

      Like that kind of context?

      No, like context extracted in this manner:
      technologizer.com/2010/08/22/worst-google-voice-transcription-errors/

  • Since context is the key to understanding meaning and intent, a search engine that could understand what the viewer is currently watching - not just the name of the show but take into account what situation the characters are in at any time, and what emotions they are portraying, this could be the begining of a true, interactive AI interface. Admittedly, there is a long way to go, but with Google's experience in context-based voice recognition, visual search development, already indexing the data of the wo
  • Give me a glass of water - 5 degrees..
  • by Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @07:52PM (#41997655)
    ...if I tell someone I'm getting up to take a crap, it'll switch to Fox News?
    • by mjwx (966435)
      Even worse, when my stepdad is yelling at the footy it's going to search for Eagle or Hawk porn.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Great. My kid clearly articulated "chipmunk" to Google and it consistently came back with "Kiss My Ass". Looking forward to a TV does that hears as well.

  • by jnmontario (865369) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @08:11PM (#41997765)
    Sadly, until the major networks stop blocking GoogleTV access to their broadcasts/content who cares if Google TV can contextually search shows.
    • I would assume google does? Otherwise, they wouldn't do any R&D until the networks get in line. Everything stops. I think you have this backwards.
  • So what happens if a TV show initiates the voice recognition (says tv listen or whatever in the dialog of the show) and changes the channel on mistake, or deletes all your dvr shows....
  • "KARDASHIANS."

    "JERSEY SHORE."

    "MARRIED WITH CHILDREN."

    "JACKASS."

    "MORE JACKASS."

    "O'REILLY FACTOR."

    "MTV."

    "NASCAR."

    "BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR."

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  • "'Context aware' is the key to revolutionizing the TV-watching experience: you can say the name of a TV show, the name of a channel, the description of a show, or the description of a kind of video you'd like to find on YouTube, and the TV will tell you it's not available in your country or requires upgrading to a package of subscription."

    Fixed it.

  • i think youtube has replaced a very large amount of TV use. it's quite plain to see. my large TV is just sitting there these days, and only gets fired up if someone on facebook says to watch something they've worked on.

  • 'Context aware' is the key to revolutionizing the TV-watching experience: you can say the name of a TV show, the name of a channel, the description of a show, or the description of a kind of video you'd like to find on YouTube, and the TV will show it to you."

    Context aware would suggest to me that it knows something about what you're presently watching or talking about to interpret what you mean when you tell it what you want. Now I have to RTFA to figure out what the summary botched.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      BOOBIES

  • by MrLizard (95131) on Thursday November 15, 2012 @09:03PM (#41998097)
    ..and I am thinking of the requests she got when she worked information, and how this device might respond to similar. "Hey, I want this show where there's this guy, and this girl, and there's this other guy, who's funny, and there's always something wacky happening..." The real killer app for this is, of course, porn. Google can surely do it, but probably is wondering how to market it properly. You need a program that can "watch" a clip and correctly identify any relevant traits -- number of participants, actions performed, hair color, ethnicity, physical traits, clothing styles, location, etc. Most porn search engines barely work because the site owners throw in every possible keyword, relevant or not. Or, uhm, so I've heard. From friends. Distant friends. Acquaintances, really.
  • So I bought a nice logitech review the month they came out. Lesson learned. Never buy a gen 1 google device.

  • this can also be used to remind people to participate in their daily Physical Jerks and the Two Minute Hate.

  • TV is, strangely, one of those things that's begging to be reinvented in a way that integrates all of the great potential of internet + TV + consoles + disc players + multi-channel / caching devices, etc. Typically we'd look to Apple [apple.com] to show everyone how a problem like this really should be solved, but I think we all know how well that's gone [youtube.com]. Speaking for myself, I will continue to simply plug in my laptop to my flatscreen's HDMI port and not bother with silly things like cable or satellite subscriptions.

  • I was an early "adopter" and quickly abandon google TV. Part of the problem was it was dependent on me having either satellite or cable. And part of the problem was my perception that it could get rid of cable or satellite. And from what I have read and heard, that's been most peoples experience. Its really nothing more than a "android" console in the entertainment cabinet.

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