Speech Recognition Gaffe of the Week: ABC News Goofs Translated Captions for #SOTU

February 22, 2013 BY SHANNON K. MURPHY
Updated: January 4, 2018

What happens when speech is translated from Spanish to English for captioning but the auto speech recognition software doesn’t recognize the native language? See below.

Last week, The Colbert Report brought light to this goof by ABC News which translated Florida Senator Marcus Rubio’s Post State of the Union Address. Most of the lines came across as complete gibberish.

Jump to 1:45 to see.

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