14 Oct 2020 Heather York

Q: Why are YouTube captions so bad?

A: Many YouTube captions are automatically generated via automatic speech recognition (ASR) software, meaning a machine “listens” to the audio and attempts to translate that to text. However, even the most advanced speech recognition programs lack human intelligence and are, in essence, a guess by machines at the spoken word. Without having a human eye or ear monitoring the machine for such things as accuracy and completeness, ASR often fails to live up to expectations.