IDEA #1: Multiple callers-to-text transcription software


Don’t you hate sitting through 60-minute podcasts only to hear 3-minutes of worthiness?

Jason Calacanis is joined by Doc Searls, Michael Arrington, and Dana Gardner among others for a virtual roundtable conversation available here. However, that webpage tells you nothing more about the discussion — other than it’s a 59-minute podcast. To know what they’re discussing, I’d have to listen to the 59 minutes.

The problem is that there’s so much content/opinion on the web these days, that I can’t possibly consume it all. The author should post an outline of topics discussed in the podcast, that’s a given. Taken a step further, and here’s the idea — I’d love to see a transcript of the podcast. But if you were to pass that podcast through a typical audio-to-text converter, it’s going to spit out one big mass of text. That would help, but ultimately I’d like to know who specifically said what and when.

I envision the participants of this virtual roundtable to dial into a conference call bridge and each audio portion is recorded separately by the proposed software — the software then converts the audio of each participant in the roundtable into text and mashes the text into chronological order to display much like a screenplay or IM conversation might appear.

Here is the napkin-sketch visual (hope to do these better in the future):

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